Episode 15: Transforming Drug Discovery by Harvard University published on 2012-06-27T13:50:57Z Marc Kirschner, head of the Harvard Medical School Department of Systems Biology, describes a new initiative that takes aim at the alarming slowdown in the development of new and lifesaving drugs. Plus, Professor of Genetics David Reich is studying DNA from an ancient finger bone to shed light on the dawn of humanity. Harvard Medical School Office of Communications and External Relations. Oct 17, 2011. Copyright 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College.