XTuit CEO Deborah Dunsire: ‘Connect Scientists with the Outside World’

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This interview is from our CEOs on Innovation report, in the Fall 2017 issue of Innovation Leader magazine.
Deborah Dunsire spent much of her career rising through the ranks of Novartis, the Swiss biopharma giant, before becoming CEO of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a developer of cancer drugs. Dunsire is now chief executive of XTuit, a small biotech company based in the suburbs of Boston. Dunsire joined the company, focused on cancer and fibrotic diseases, in May 2017.

Research Breakthroughs are Unscriptable To some degree, there’s a magic to discovery-oriented research that you can’t script. That’s one of the things that makes it more difficult in larger companies. As you get larger, you need more predictability.

There’s a bigger investment, so there’s more oversight, and more big company processes that are necessary. In all of that, it makes it harder for people to pursue a random path, or take advantage of an insight that came when they were working on something different, because there are corporate goals attached to everything, and milestones, and people expecting outputs on those milestones.

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