A short while ago on this blog we began a series on Making a Difference about people in the cancer field who have a real passion and excitement for lasting and impactful change. The first one was an interview with Alain Moussy of AB Science in Paris.

image from news.ucsf.edu Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with the admirable Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, formerly Head of R&D at Genentech and now Chancellor at UCSF. It’s a strange business sometimes as we were both working in industry at the same time on different targeted cancer drugs in liquid and solid tumours but our paths never crossed, although it seems we share similar views on cancer drug development, ie purer targeted agents and finding faster ways to market for effective therapies that impact the lives of people with cancer.