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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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May 2, 2006


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Posted by Derek

I've been out of town for the last few days, and just got back around midnight last night. So there will be no new post today - I'll have my hands full just staggering around my lab trying to figure out what's going on. The Wonder Drug Factory seems to have done just fine in my absence.

I told my lab associates that they were under orders not to discover anything while I was gone, so I could be back in time to take the credit. Motivational speeches like this are important. I can't quite reach the levels of a colleague of mine, though, who used to lean out of his office and call out "Work! Work! The harder you work, the faster I get promoted!"

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1. anonymous on May 2, 2006 10:58 AM writes...

The Frenchman to whom you refer seems to be my colleague's personal hero. I have heard the legend which you discuss, although it was a bit before my time.

Even if someone in your lab discovered some really great compound, it would take awhile for them to gather the necessary data to come to this conclusion. I think that you are safe.

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2. George Laszlo on May 2, 2006 12:27 PM writes...

Welcome back. Of course, you missed a lot more things than the exploits of your lab staff. For example, there were two articles on big bad pharma, one in Forbes (cover story) and another in Business Week. Check out my blog for more info on these:

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3. tango on May 3, 2006 4:17 AM writes...

Derek, one more thing that you may have missed, and that's Peter Rost's praise for your blog on the Huffington Post?

In Rost's list of top 5 healthcare blogs, "... final prize goes to Derek Lowe and In the Pipeline. The reason he gets the final prize is not that his blog is not as good as any of the above, but that he is a bit more of an intellectual, science oriented writer, with a background in drug discovery. And since I'm a doctor who left medicine for marketing, my attention span limits my ability to read some of his posting, which is unfortunate, since they are very good."

Full blog post here

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