As the millions burned away

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
How many are "millions"? From 1 million to 100 millions? Or simply mean "a lot of money"?


Thanks in advance

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Judson adds that because different diseases “have different genetic mechanisms and affect different types of tissue, each presents a new set of research problems to be solved almost from scratch. As the millions burned away, it became clear that even with success, the cost per patient cured would continue to be enormous. And success had shown itself to be always glimmering and shifting just beyond reach.”


-Scientfic American

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  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    $1 million is the absolute minimum. It was probably far in excess of $1 million, but we don't know the exact amount represented by "far".
     

    JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    Such research is expessive. Companies have a "burn rate" which represents the rate at which they spend money to carry out the research. As a point of reference, a typical new drug costs a company around $1 billion from idea to marketing approval. So " millions burning away" is likely to end up with a total in the 100s of millions
     

    NewAmerica

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Such research is expessive. Companies have a "burn rate" which represents the rate at which they spend money to carry out the research. As a point of reference, a typical new drug costs a company around $1 billion from idea to marketing approval. So " millions burning away" is likely to end up with a total in the 100s of millions
    That's it! That is the idea of subtlety in English language.
     
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