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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 9, 2011

What An Offer

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Posted by Derek

The glamorous side of blogging is that you get chances like this, delivered right to your e-mail queue:

". . .I am working with a couple of small-cap biotech companies who have good fundamental technologies, but are not on the radar screen of a lot of investors. We are looking for some influential bloggers to put some spotlight on these companies, so more people can be exposed to the value proposition and opportunities available. In the past we have worked with some bloggers who have written both paid as well as unpaid articles on these companies. I would like to explore your interest and to discuss this further. . .

I explained to this person just what my level of interest was, in terms that I don't think were misinterpretable, and pointed out that if their operation was not, in fact, a pump-and-dump penny stock scheme, then they should take more care not to make it sound exactly like one. But I thought I would at least get some use of of this sleazy offer by getting a few things on the record.

I write paid columns for Contract Pharma and Chemistry World, and I occasionally do paid pieces for other (respectable!) outlets. But in none of those do I tout stocks, companies, or products. As for the material on this blog, it's produced for free, which (by no coincidence) is what I charge for reading it. The only money that changes hands around here is if someone buys something through an Amazon link, and I try to keep those down to things that people could actually find useful and relevant - no links to plasma TV sales, for example, although if you want to buy one through Amazon, please do feel free.

And of course, I stay away from anything that might involve (or be thought to involve) material information concerning my place of work. But there are no commercial considerations involved in my choice of topics or my expressed opinions on them. If I have a stock position in a company - a rare event, these days, since my kids and my mortgage have seen to it that I don't have a vast fund of free-floating investment capital - then I say so. (A careful look though the archives would show that depending on me for investment advice is not necessarily a winning plan, although it would at least be full of excitement).

So there you have it. No pay-for-play around here. But if you across someone going on about what a great thing this tiny biotech you've never heard of is, well, exercise the usual amount of caution.

Comments (10) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Blog Housekeeping | The Dark Side


1. Myma on August 9, 2011 9:29 AM writes...

And with that said, I think it is about time for another "Things I won't work with" column. Please, pretty please?
I'll even take a "How not to do it" post.

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2. Still Scared of Dinosaurs on August 9, 2011 9:37 AM writes...

Whenever someone touts the efficient market hypothesis just remind them that penny stock pump-and-dump schemes still appear to work. At least I assume they do given the number of times I click on "what the heck" links and find sidebar ads for penny stocks.

Everybody to the boiler room!

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3. Derek Lowe on August 9, 2011 9:48 AM writes...

Myma, I know what you mean! Comic relief is in short supply these days, but I'll see what I can do. . .

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4. Sili on August 9, 2011 10:06 AM writes...

Actually, if I had a coupla millions to spare, I'd try to hire you to run a drug company for me.

I'll get back to you when I'm done watching my meagre savings haemorrhage.

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5. Anonymous on August 9, 2011 10:36 AM writes...

All this talk of advertising is giving me a headache...normally I'd have to have 8 Tylenol, but with just 2 Aleve, I get great pain relief all day!!

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6. Anonymous on August 9, 2011 11:27 AM writes...

@ Sili - As you can tell from the post, Derek is far too ethical to run a pharmaceutical company.

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7. Terry on August 9, 2011 12:16 PM writes...

It is a good idea to write blog to earn money!
From the ethical point you can just mark each of the posters of the small start up companies as advertisement, thus you can give the exact information to the readers and earn money as well.
I wrote stock analysis posters of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in china sometime, no one seems like to offer me money to do it!

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8. Sili on August 9, 2011 3:08 PM writes...

@ Sili - As you can tell from the post, Derek is far too ethical to run a pharmaceutical company.
Hey! I never said he had to turn a profit!

Oh ... nevermind ...

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9. DCRogers on August 9, 2011 7:37 PM writes...


"Whenever someone touts the efficient market hypothesis just remind them that penny stock pump-and-dump schemes still appear to work."

The only question is, is the wasted money derived mostly from the sucker buying this useless service, or do enough volunteers lacking-in-clues line up to click the link and share in the fleecing?

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10. NHR_GUY on August 9, 2011 9:19 PM writes...

Way to go Big-D, keepin' it real. Not sellin' out to da man. Way to go homie

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