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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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August 13, 2010

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. . .next week. Less depressing. I promise!

Comments (15) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Blog Housekeeping


1. Anonymous on August 13, 2010 3:29 PM writes...

Let's hope it's true. Reading the blog made me feel like finishing my PhD is not worth a minute more of my life...

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2. Steve Chisnall on August 13, 2010 3:54 PM writes...

I hope it's more "Things I won't work with". Seriously, you should compile those into a BOOK.

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3. Anon 1 on August 13, 2010 3:55 PM writes...


You try to present yourself as a protector of the truth, defender of the value of chemistry and science. If you are so altruistic, why do you continue to give credibility to the NY Times as a scientific, strategic, or regulatory authority?

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4. milkshake on August 13, 2010 4:17 PM writes...

I find it helpful to remind myself that in half a century from now much of what bothers us now will not matter to us anymore. And we won't be forgotten because no-one ever remembered us.

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5. MLBpitcher_and_OrganicChemist on August 13, 2010 6:25 PM writes...

How could Derek be depressed when he is on a baseball team leading the National League East division and he won he last start?

At least Derek isn't some loser working for a drug company who hasn't discovered a drug that made it to market; he is a MLB player!

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6. AlchemistOrganique on August 13, 2010 8:23 PM writes...

Aw, just when I'm about to listen to a wonderfully melancholy album from The Cure, Derek decides to lighten the mood!

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7. Ekasilicon on August 14, 2010 2:37 AM writes...

I shudder to think what news could possible make next week any more depressing than than the recent posts.

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8. Sili on August 14, 2010 9:35 AM writes...

I hope it's more "Things I won't work with". Seriously, you should compile those into a BOOK.
Hear! Hear!

Guess I should be happy I haven't had time to read blogs this week. I have a real* job for the first time ever.

* for loose definitions of 'real'. I teach high school - or try to.

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9. In other news on August 14, 2010 1:21 PM writes...

It is prudent for any pharma company to avoid having its products linked to celebrity deaths.

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10. Anon on August 15, 2010 7:33 AM writes...


The best news would be a requirement that pharma HR personnel now must assist as human shields in reactions with "things I won't work with."

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11. Anonymous on August 15, 2010 12:25 PM writes...

@#1 - "Reading the blog made me feel like finishing my PhD is not worth a minute more of my life."

Your mistake was trying to get the PhD to begin with. Bail out now. Abort. Eject.

You're only wasting your life. And the best years of it, at that.

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12. In Vivo Veritas on August 16, 2010 7:17 AM writes...

I think you need a light week. A light remainder of August in fact. That will allow people to regroup before the FDA panel trashes lorcaserin and your blog traffic goes nuts as broken ARNA investors attempt to blame you.

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13. pete on August 16, 2010 12:41 PM writes...

@ in vivo..

sounds like a book I once read, "Lite in August" ..sorry

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14. Evorich on August 16, 2010 4:51 PM writes...

Some insight into what PhD actually is:

Also, did anyone else get the latest ACS webinar ad for beer brewing/! Made me laugh since this was one of the top suggestions given by poster her last week for role for unemployed chemists!

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15. Anonymous on August 16, 2010 10:32 PM writes...

Found this read, think it is preaching to the choir here, but well constructed logic, at least seems to me, that clearly outlines the science job shortage and failure of the academic training system which rewards senior PIs and the Universities themselves.

www miller-mccune dot com/science/the-real-science-gap-16191/

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