In a past life, Fernandez was an Oscar-winning producer with no experience in medicine — aside from a few investment deals. He is now CEO of Springfield, Illinois-based Rational Vaccines, a company developing what he says could be a “functional cure” for genital herpes, meaning patients could be symptom-free.
With his outsider status, Fernandez rejects the established path for proving drug safety and efficacy. It’s an approach that he defends with references to compassionate use, drug pricing, approval speed and patient autonomy.
In other words, it’s a case study for what some proposed FDA deregulation could look like.