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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

Dbl%20new%20portrait%20B%26W.png After 10 years of blogging. . .

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: derekb.lowe@gmail.com Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 10, 2011

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Taking on questions from all comers about the drug industry, here I am over at Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" section. Have a look if you like - the questions vary greatly, is all I'll say. . .

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1. Anon anon anon on March 10, 2011 10:31 AM writes...

Looks like people want the recreational-drug-and-conspiracy-theory combo platter. Oh, and to ask (again) what you studied.

Thanks for doing this! I think you gave people some food for thought.

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2. coprolite on March 10, 2011 10:36 AM writes...

Seems like you've made a friend in BongRoss.

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3. Anonymous on March 10, 2011 11:29 AM writes...

Because I don't have a reddit account...

How much unutilized and underutilized IP is held by your average large pharmaceutical company? It goes without saying that any discovery that seems likely to provide a significant return on investment will be pushed forward. But what about discoveries that fall just short in risk/cost analysis? Do they all sit languishing in locked file cabinets somewhere, or do pharmaceutical companies make an effort to sell off or publish information that might be worth something to someone else?

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4. RKN on March 10, 2011 12:49 PM writes...

Good grief, that was a tremendous volume of pro bono feedback from you. My question for you is: "How much sleep do you get on average night!"

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5. Derek Lowe on March 10, 2011 12:52 PM writes...

Fortunately, I type really, really quickly. . .

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6. Bunsen Honeydew on March 10, 2011 2:05 PM writes...

Some bozo on there is saying that a bone marrow transplant is a cure for HIV!!! WTF??!!

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7. Anonymous on March 10, 2011 2:59 PM writes...

the bozo is referring to the single case

http://www.aidsmap.com/Stem-cell-transplant-has-cured-HIV-infection-in-Berlin-patient-say-doctors/page/1577949/

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8. Bunsen Honeydew on March 10, 2011 3:40 PM writes...

How did I miss that in the news? That's pretty cool but certainly not an all out cure.

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9. Anon on March 10, 2011 10:49 PM writes...

Thanks for doing the AMA.

As someone new to your blog - and recommended place to start catching up? I can't find a list of most popular posts, etc

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10. coprolite on March 11, 2011 8:05 AM writes...

9.---Start at Things I Will Not Work With and go from there.

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11. John Shaffer on March 12, 2011 12:10 PM writes...

I thought I'd post this here too. GSK kept one TKI inhibitor and kicked XL184 to the curb. Then a positive study on XL184 in prostate Ca came out and EXEL did a secondary to fund P3 studies underwritten by GS. So what do you think?

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