Michael S. Kinch is the author of Between Hope and Fear (2018), which tells the remarkable story of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and their social and political implications. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent--and could easily be undone. In the tradition of John Barry's The Great Influenza and Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, Between Hope and Fear relates the remarkable intersection of science, technology and disease that has helped eradicate many of the deadliest plagues known to man.
Michael is also the author of A Prescription for Change: The Looming Crisis in Drug Development (2016), which reveals how changing business strategies combined with scientific hubris have altered the way new medicines are discovered, with dire implications for both health and the economy.
His forthcoming book, The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity and the Future of a Cure (April 2019) is a fascinating history of our understanding and the treatment of cancer by one of the leading figures in the field—who is also a pioneer on the cusp of a breakthrough.
Michael Kinch was a professor at Purdue University, where he researched breast and prostate cancer. He then went on to found an oncology program at the biotechnology company MedImmune. He has led research and development activities at Functional Genetics, Inc. and lead drug discovery at Yale University. He is now a professor, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director for Research and Innovation in Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Talks and Topics
Vaccination - History and Controversies
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Cancer and New Cancer Therapies
History of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries
Role of Innovation in Developing New Medical Treatments
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Previous & Upcoming Events:
Sept 24-26, 2018: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
In the News:
“Vaccines Have Always Had Haters” - NPR (Sept 2018)
“The Sniping Scientists Whose Work Saved Millions of Lives” - New York Times (Sept 2018)
“Anxieties Immune to Reason” - Wall Street Journal (Aug 2018)
“New Book Explores History, Future of Vaccination” - St. Louis Public Radio (July 2018)
“Cutting NIH Budget Could Cripple Drug Development” - Washington University School of Medicine (Nov 2017)
“For Vaccines, Scientific Advances Meet Challenging Economics” - MD Magazine (Oct 2017)
“Now Entering the Valley of Death” - The Source (Jan 2017)