Last Friday we had two activities – a tour and a class both through OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning Institute.
The tour was at Benson’s Memory Lane Car Collection. Mr. Benson owns many car dealerships in the area and took one of the showrooms and set it up to display his car collection. He had about 20 cars in prestine condition, mostly convertibles from the 50’s. They were GORGEOUS! Not only are they vintage cars, they are from very small releases of the car. He also took a soda shop and recreated it in the space. Seeing the cars brought back so many memories and everyone there said this is when cars were beautiful, you could tell them apart and they had style. Not like today when most of the cars look alike.
Here is one photo but you can see more at the slideshow I made at Picasa. The big cadillacs were HUGE! My Corolla is under 15 feet long. A couple of these cars were 19 feet long. He also had vintage motorcycles and hundreds of photos and memorabilia from the 50’s. We had so much fun. It was indeed a trip down memory lane.
In the afternoon we went to a seminar on how new prescription drugs are made or “why do drugs cost so much?” given by someone who worked in the industry for 3o plus years.
Did you know?
- only 1 in 5000 drugs make it to market
- it takes 15-20 years to get a drug from concept to market
- a new drug costs about $1 billion dollars to bring to market
- the drug company has on average 10 years to recoup their investment before the patent runs out
- most drugs are manufactured outside the US
- conterfeit drugs is an increasing problem with those sold over the internet especially vulnerable to being counterfeit
It was a really interesting class and gave me a much better understanding of all the steps involved in development, testing and manufacturing of new drugs.