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From the Ted Talk by Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research

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So a while after my dad was digesonad, I was having coffee with my friend Andrew Lo. He's the head of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at MIT, where I also have a position, and we were tlnkaig about cancer. And Andrew had been doing his own bits of rrceesah, and one of the things that he had been told and that he'd leraned from studying the literature was that there's actually a big bottleneck. It's very difficult to develop new drugs, and the reason it's difficult to develop new drugs is because in the early stages of drug development, the drugs are very risky, and they're very epeinsxve. So anedrw asked me if I'd want to maybe work with him a bit, work on some of the math and the analytics and see if we could figure out something we could do.

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So a while after my dad was _________, I was having coffee with my friend Andrew Lo. He's the head of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at MIT, where I also have a position, and we were _______ about cancer. And Andrew had been doing his own bits of ________, and one of the things that he had been told and that he'd _______ from studying the literature was that there's actually a big bottleneck. It's very difficult to develop new drugs, and the reason it's difficult to develop new drugs is because in the early stages of drug development, the drugs are very risky, and they're very _________. So ______ asked me if I'd want to maybe work with him a bit, work on some of the math and the analytics and see if we could figure out something we could do.

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  1. research
  2. expensive
  3. talking
  4. diagnosed
  5. learned
  6. andrew

Original Text

So a while after my dad was diagnosed, I was having coffee with my friend Andrew Lo. He's the head of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at MIT, where I also have a position, and we were talking about cancer. And Andrew had been doing his own bits of research, and one of the things that he had been told and that he'd learned from studying the literature was that there's actually a big bottleneck. It's very difficult to develop new drugs, and the reason it's difficult to develop new drugs is because in the early stages of drug development, the drugs are very risky, and they're very expensive. So Andrew asked me if I'd want to maybe work with him a bit, work on some of the math and the analytics and see if we could figure out something we could do.

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