Es­cap­ing an im­prob­a­ble up­bring­ing, Greg Ver­dine places his biggest ca­reer bets in drug­ging the ‘un­drug­gable’

In an­oth­er world, Greg Ver­dine would still be build­ing boats and tear­ing apart car en­gines in his New Jer­sey front yard.

Ver­dine, who start­ed ditch­ing school at age 7 to work on home projects at the in­sis­tence of his fa­ther, im­prob­a­bly built a ca­reer as a Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor, se­r­i­al biotech en­tre­pre­neur and icon­o­clast. He’s gone to war with the in­dus­try’s con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that drugs sim­ply can’t reach some dis­ease-caus­ing pro­teins be­cause of their shape.

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