Sage Therapeutics’ chief scientist on discovering drugs and taking risks

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When Al Robichaud got his start as a medicinal chemist in 1991, he knew that discovering and developing drugs meant shouldering some level of risk.

But around 2011, it became clear that the process for developing brain drugs was too costly and risky for major pharmaceutical companies to justify pursuing, as companies including Novartis (NYSE:NVS), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) significantly downsized their neuroscience units.

Robichaud couldn’t shake the feeling that the industry was on the verge of walking away from what is at the very core of drug discovery.

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