“The Update on the Pharmaceutical Detective Investigations: Billion Dollar Drugs that can Permanently Disable or Even Cause Death,” Sagacious Partners’ Science Café with Dr. Charles Bennett




“The Update on the Pharmaceutical Detective Investigations: Billion Dollar Drugs that can Permanently Disable or Even Cause Death,” Sagacious Partners’ Science Café with Dr. Charles Bennett

Join us January 12 at Speakeasy for a free, engaging talk with a cold drink in a laidback environment


COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) – SmartState Endowed Chair in Medication Safety and Efficacy, Dr. Charles Bennett, will join us for Science Café January 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at Speakeasy in Five Points, 711 Saluda Ave.

Dr. Bennett is a hematologist, oncologist and an active National Institutes of Health funded research scientist, who began receiving grant funding in 1989. His work identifies potentially fatal side effects of billion dollar pharmaceuticals including EPO, the pharmaceutical agent that helped Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France, along with MRI dyes, CIPRO, Levaquin, Tamiflu, and others. Dr. Bennett and his team study ways to make drug information more consumer-friendly and create new training tools for healthcare providers.

Supplemental to his research, Dr. Bennett has also authored more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts on pharmaceutical safety. They have most recently appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Blood.

Dr. Bennett graduated with a BA and major in mathematics and minor in chemistry and Phi Beta Kappa/High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1981. He also received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1984, and his PhD, Masters in Public Policy from the RAND Graduate School for Public Policy in Santa Monica in 1989 with honors in social science methods.

The SmartState Medication Safety and Efficacy Center of Excellence was developed with a $6 million commitment from the state of South Carolina. Dr. Bennett was appointed as the SmartState and Frank P and Josie M Fletcher Chairs in medication safety and efficacy.

Science Café is presented monthly by SmartState and managed by Sagacious Partners.

About Science Café

Science Café is hosted at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal presentations by some of South Carolina’s top leaders in science and technology in a casual atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert mixologists behind the bar. Patrons 21 and up have the opportunity to discuss the latest knowledge economy topics with leading researchers in a relaxed environment that encourages questions, interruptions and discussion. For more information and to register for free admission (and perks) for the next Science Café, email Whitney Williams at wwilliams@www.sagaciouspartners.com.

About Sagacious Partners

Sagacious Partners is a Columbia, S.C.-based executive coaching, economic development and project management firm dedicated to helping companies and communities grow. As a company, Sagacious Partners brings over 40 years of experience providing top tier strategy and coaching, economic development and implementation experience to clients. Clients include municipalities, universities, and regional and statewide economic development organizations that share a common goal to create a more prosperous region. Learn more at www.sagaciouspartners.com.


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