Drug Development Books
Medicine, Science, and Merck – Written by the giant of pharmaceutical medicine and former CEO of Merck, Roy Vagelos
Galen: Method of Medicine – Understanding history of medicine is critical to good drug development
Avicenna’s Medicine: A New Translation of the 11th-Century Canon – Understanding history of medicine is critical to good drug development
Science/Medicine Related Books
Lights Out – It’s not all correct, and makes some speculative claims, but Wiley’s prescient predictions about sleep, microbiome, etc. have often been borne out
The Wide Lens – by Adler. A book about how your innovation can fail if it doesn’t fit with the entire business ecosystem. I like it because it uses case studies of failures. As Charlie Munger says, the best way to succeed is to know what not to do
Poor Charlie’s Almanack – Charlie Munger’s wisdoms, collected in a very. big. book.
DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation – A cautionary tale of rise and fall of a great American company
The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail – A classic by Clay Christensen
Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type Myers-Briggs personality typing is an essential, standard management tool
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – A classic by Peter Drucker
Managing the Non-profit Organization: Principles and Practices – Another classic by Peter Drucker
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – One of the few books written by a CEO for a CEO
A Man for All Markets – Written by the guy who 1) invented Black-Scholes Model, but instead of publishing it and winning a Nobel Prize, used it to make millions of dollars, 2) invented card counting
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy – Written by a polymath with expertise in science, engineering, business, academia, and military history.