Letter from the Editor
Who’s The Real Genius?
Speaking of technological innovation (as we do in our Big Data roundtable this
issue),;I;recently;saw;the;movie;Steve Jobs, about the innovator who gets all the
There is a conflict throughout the movie between Jobs, who is Mr. Outside and the
other Steve, Wozniak, the inside guy who did much of the development. The “Woz”
continually looking for the next great breakthrough, and to him that’s all it’s about. Despite the fact that
doesn’t matter anymore in the light-speed world of personal computing.
This presents some interesting conundrums. Who, finally, is really responsible for the great changes made
in digital devices, or, for that matter, in any other field, like life sciences? Phrases like “not invented here”
point to our territorial mindset. Ownership of an idea is sometimes considered more important than
whether that idea is truly valuable. Especially in pharma, where patents and new indications are fiercely
pursued, we may become blind to the difference between what we want to believe and what’s factually true
about a product.
What ideas are truly “unique”? Products can be patented, but does that make them irreplaceable? The
would make its own version of Daraprim available for just $1 a pill, cheaper than it was before. One hopes
that served to show we’re not all Shkrelis.
not been first to the patent office, others working parallel to them would have gotten credit soon after the
As always, we continue to look for the value of your contributions. Let us know if you have an idea for an
article – the people we write for are the people who write for us.
Neil Greenberg, Editor
To become an HS&M contributing author or provide feedback, please email me