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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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June 26, 2007

Two Weeks Off

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Posted by Derek

Apologies to everyone for the gap in posting around here. As you probably gathered from the most recent one, things are hectic. We're preparing our house (Stately Lowe Manor, if you will) for listing on the local market - it's in good shape, but we've accumulated a lot of stuff over the last ten years, much of which won't make the move to Massachusetts. At the same time, we're visiting lists of houses up there. Things aren't dull.

So I'm going to go on hiatus for a couple of weeks while all this gets sorted out. I start at my new position then, and at that point blogging will resume. Until then, I have a question for everyone: what am I going to call the place? I'd like to be able to refer to the Wonder Drug Factory in the past tense, so I'll retire that name. Calling the new place the New Wonder Drug Factory seems cumbersome, and besides, it's only new for me.

Suggestions are welcome, and I'm very happy to be in a position to ask. I'll start things up here again in the second week of July, and see everyone then.

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1. soapchemist on June 26, 2007 11:50 AM writes...

Good luck in your move!

As for new names... How about Enchanted Labs? Kinase (or other target class) Manor? Beantown R&D? Just a couple to discard quickly. :)

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2. milkshake on June 26, 2007 11:50 AM writes...

The Brave New Lab?

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3. Bunsen Honeydew on June 26, 2007 1:16 PM writes...

Milkshake, are you a fan of Iron Maiden?

I suggest the Pharma Farm or the MALL- Massachusetts Lab Land

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4. dearieme on June 26, 2007 2:52 PM writes...


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5. dn on June 26, 2007 2:56 PM writes...

The Money Pit.

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6. Kim on June 26, 2007 3:02 PM writes...

Having lived in Mass. for several years and having really enjoyed their tendency to add "ye" to pretty much any establishment, I'm going with "Ye Olde Drug Emporium".

Enjoy the househunting and remember to keep it all in perspective! As my husband, an upstate NYer who spent several years in Plano, TX working for ARCO would say: "Could be worse, could be in Texas".

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7. LZ on June 26, 2007 4:27 PM writes...


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8. Anonymous on June 26, 2007 7:27 PM writes...

The new name should be Red Sox related. After all, you do share a common name with the ex-Red Sox pitcher who won the deciding game of the 2004 ALDS, ALCS, and World Series. Fenway Pharma?

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9. CET on June 26, 2007 7:42 PM writes...

The Cure Mill

Though I would second Milkshake's idea, or shorten #3 to 'The Pharm.'

If the whole mining/drug discovery comparison weren't already taken, that would also be a strong candidate.

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10. Anonymous BMS Researcher on June 26, 2007 9:59 PM writes...

How about deriving the name from the municipality in which your new employers are located in some clever manner, with Apt Alliteration's Artful Aid?

Waltham Wonder Works

Cambridge Cool Chemicals

Brookline Bio Burbs

Or whatever, I'm sure you can do better than my examples!

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11. Pharmacoepidemiologist on June 26, 2007 11:32 PM writes...

You're going to work for Novartis, right? Novartis is roughly "new art" I think. So why not the Cure Gallery?

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12. DrSnowboard on June 27, 2007 2:33 AM writes...

Given all our chances of success;
The Great Drug Casino?

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13. Jim on June 27, 2007 6:23 AM writes...

I'd go with "The Medicinal Coalface"

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14. The Strider on June 27, 2007 7:53 AM writes...

How about The (Wonder/New?) Drug Studio ?

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15. SP on June 27, 2007 8:49 AM writes...

If you're in the former Necco building, it should be something like CandyLand.

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16. MolecularGeek on June 27, 2007 9:06 AM writes...

I've always been partial to thinking of it as "the molecule mines",though if you are going to be working within sight of Central Square and Sidney Street, you might want to just refer to the whole area as "Biotech Gulch"


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17. Grubbs the cat on June 27, 2007 10:20 AM writes...

I'd go for 'Blockbuster Drug Inc.' (if you're in another big pharma job)

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18. Anonymous on June 27, 2007 10:30 AM writes...

Better Living, Inc.?

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19. utenzi on June 27, 2007 10:50 AM writes...

"Better living through chemistry" which can be shortened to BLT Chem which makes it sound like a sandwich.

Good luck on the move and congrats on the new position, Derek!

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20. Keith Robison on June 27, 2007 10:56 AM writes...

Given it's Boston & pills look sorta like legume seeds, how about Magic Bean Pharm?

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21. JC on June 27, 2007 12:39 PM writes...

I think the New England colonial connection might be played up.

Ye New Drugge Shoppe maybe.

Or Drugs 'r Us.

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22. Anonymous on June 27, 2007 2:07 PM writes...

No, the suggestion came from the Huxley's dystopian classic.

Bunsen, I think all this heavy metal stuff is childish and corny. I think you should listen to Gregorian chant for the private messages from the Lucipher. Bach fuges and few classical Requiem compositions are also my favorites (One can sing along the Agnus Dei when skinning fuzzy kittens...)

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23. NJBiologist on June 27, 2007 7:59 PM writes...

I was trying to come up with a Huxley ripoff myself... but so far, the best I've got, is "The Doors of Persulfate".

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24. BCP on June 27, 2007 8:46 PM writes...

The Funny Pharm

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25. Joseph on June 27, 2007 11:43 PM writes...

pleasant it is to learn that things got sorted out with you. Wish you good luck at your new work place and good luck in hunting for the house too!

How about the name "New drugs mine" modified version to MolecularGeek's suggestion.

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26. milkshake on June 28, 2007 12:43 AM writes...

How about Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

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27. daen on June 28, 2007 4:07 AM writes...

The Miracle Drug Mill

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28. RKN on June 28, 2007 6:15 AM writes...


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29. benjamin on June 28, 2007 9:59 AM writes...

"You're not in Kansas anymore!"
Having moved from the SF Bay area to Boston 2 years ago, it fits!

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30. TFox on June 28, 2007 2:53 PM writes...

Playing off of previous suggestions: "Miracle Drug Mines".

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31. srp on June 28, 2007 3:44 PM writes...

Miracle Mart?
Feelgood Factory?
Molecule Manor?

House of Elixirs?
Magic Potion Lab?
Lab of Sisyphus?
Cures R Us?
Drug Dowsing Facility?

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32. GG on June 28, 2007 5:26 PM writes...

How about 'Pipeline Palace'?

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33. Alethea on June 29, 2007 8:24 AM writes...

I second BCP's suggestion.

Did you pick a Boston-area suburb? Might I suggest for a reasonable budget and sometimes-reasonable commute, decent schools, the town of Milton? Quincy also has some good deals. These are on the South Shore that one commenter waxed rhapsodic about. But getting to Cambridge is probably a real pain. Arlington and Somerville are fine, as well. I grew up in Newton and went to NNHS; it's funny to hear so many recommend Waltham but it's probably the best deal next to Watertown for commuting to Cambridge (if that is indeed where you are going - if you're working out in Natick or Framingham of course stay out in that neck of the woods, and consider Sherborn.

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34. Jonathan on June 29, 2007 9:32 AM writes...

"Derek's House of Potions"

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35. Wavefunction on June 29, 2007 2:33 PM writes...

Island of Doctor Moreau...muwahahaha

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36. azawalli on June 30, 2007 9:07 PM writes...

How about Miracle Medicine Manufacturer? (I'm a sucker for alliteration).

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37. Chrispy on June 30, 2007 11:48 PM writes...

Cambridge Center for Cures? (CC4C)

Miracle Drug Manufacturer?

Cambridge Compound Confabulators? (3C, C^3)

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38. youngv on July 1, 2007 2:24 PM writes...

Acme Labs!

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39. TW Andrews on July 1, 2007 11:43 PM writes...

I'd suggest Discovery Central... Particularly if you'll be taking the subway, and previous comments are correct about your new place of employment.

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40. Nigel on July 3, 2007 6:56 AM writes...

The Pill Mill ?

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41. Kareno on July 3, 2007 10:31 AM writes...

"The Cave."

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42. Tuck on July 3, 2007 11:08 AM writes...

Are you awarding some kind of prize for the winning entry? Your readers are sure trying hard!

Cure All of Cambridge

Cheers, Tuck

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43. eugene on July 4, 2007 1:18 PM writes...

So Derek, are you going to make a "Sicko" post when you get back to the blog? I heard there are some digs at pharma in that movie. I'll know more after I actually go see it though.

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44. joel on July 5, 2007 8:35 AM writes...

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but did Yale just purchase The Wonder Drug Factory?

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45. sim on July 5, 2007 2:51 PM writes...

i believe they did

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46. probligo on July 5, 2007 5:57 PM writes...

I like the thought of the Huxley connection as well...





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47. Colby Cosh on July 13, 2007 7:10 AM writes...

Surely a shop descended from [insert name of legendary Alpine research concern] has to be nicknamed the Acid House?

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