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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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October 2, 2013

An "In the Pipeline" Meetup in Cambridge?

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Posted by Derek

Update: we're on for noon on Thursday, at the courtyard down by the kayaks/parking kiosk on Broad Canal Way.

I've been meaning to do this for some time, and more than one reader has mentioned the idea to me in e-mails. Would the local (Cambridge/Boston) readership be interested in an informal get-together at lunchtime next week (Oct 6 - Oct 12)? The only day that's out for me is Wednesday, October 9th, otherwise my schedule looks like can take whatever comes.

My guess for somewhere to congregate might be the line of food trucks near MIT, but other suggestions are welcome. This will depend on the weather, of course, which is unknowable at this point. But if you're interested and have a preference for which days might work, leave a note in the comments section. Thanks!

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1. Anonymous on October 2, 2013 11:55 AM writes...

I could attend on the 10th or 11th; this will be an interesting social experiment :)

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2. Amanda on October 2, 2013 12:10 PM writes...

Free the 8th, 10th & 11th

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3. Bethany Halford on October 2, 2013 12:15 PM writes...

This sounds like fun. Can a reporter crash?

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4. VRK on October 2, 2013 12:34 PM writes...

I am wondering if postdocs are welcome to attend this event?

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5. Curious Wavefunction on October 2, 2013 12:50 PM writes...

Since I work in the building right across from you, Ich bin Feuer und Flamme dafür.

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6. Elisabet on October 2, 2013 12:51 PM writes...

I would love to join. Any day works.

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7. ano on October 2, 2013 1:14 PM writes...

Any day next week is fine.

Related, I am surprised that so few chemists attend BioTech Tuesday, see the url below my name to apply.

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8. Steve on October 2, 2013 1:17 PM writes...

Would love to be there. Any day next week is good. I'll look forward to updates on the final details

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9. Derek Lowe on October 2, 2013 1:17 PM writes...

#3- sure, come on down. Don't expect to get a lot of on-the record stuff, though (!)

#4 - absolutely! If you read the blog, you're welcome.

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10. VRK on October 2, 2013 1:45 PM writes...

# 9 - Thanks Derek. I will see you next week!

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11. Stephen on October 2, 2013 2:04 PM writes...

For those going I recommend the Momogoose truck (Thai-Vietnamese)

Their daily special is usually quite good. Today was a massaman curry.

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12. MoMo on October 2, 2013 2:15 PM writes...

If you bar that reporter from coming I'll throw an open bar tab at the Middle East. She'll just want to exploit the situation as they always do.

Beer, falafel and hummus all around except for sensationalist journalists!

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13. Bethany Halford on October 2, 2013 2:19 PM writes...

Oh MoMo,

I promise to keep everything off the record, OK?

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14. Anon on October 2, 2013 3:01 PM writes...

If you bar MoMo from coming I'll promise to bring drinks for everyone.

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15. Curt F. on October 2, 2013 4:14 PM writes...

I'd love to join as well. Although I'm not a medicinal chemist -- or even an organic chemist -- at all.

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16. Iridium1 on October 2, 2013 5:18 PM writes...

I am currently free for lunch on any day during the suggested time period and would be happy to come. I am also located near the suggested venue (MIT food trucks, yum), which works well for me.

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17. MoMo on October 2, 2013 5:26 PM writes...

Ok Bethany, I can't make it anyway- It's bear tagging season up in VT and my schedule doesnt fit-priorities you know! Just be careful- chemists are impulsive sometimes- from too much solvent exposure.

My ultimate goal is to someday radio tag some of these Pharma leaders especially in Boston-figure out their habitats, what they eat, mating behavior etc., as they are a species that needs studied because the economic ecosystem in NE depends on them.

Plus it would fun just to dart em' at a hundred yards and watch them flop around for a while.

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18. Anonymous on October 2, 2013 6:22 PM writes...

My husband and I read your blog on a weekly basis. (Actually he introduced me to your blog.) What about the weekend, October 6th or October 12th.

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19. Chemcat on October 2, 2013 7:05 PM writes...

I wish I lived close enough to attend this get-together; it sounds like fun. If ever you are in the Midwest and are looking to do a similar lunchtime event, do let your readership know. :)

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20. Derek Lowe on October 2, 2013 7:20 PM writes...

#15 Curt F. - Don't let that stop you! If you can eat lunch, you're in.

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21. funkydrug on October 2, 2013 7:33 PM writes...

I might come on down as well.

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22. Anonymous on October 2, 2013 8:01 PM writes...

Hope that the get together will be a little more positive :-)

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23. Esteban on October 2, 2013 8:15 PM writes...

I suggest an In The Pipeline rendition of the Harlem Shake. Or has that ship sailed?

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24. Luysii on October 2, 2013 8:19 PM writes...

I could make it on the 6th

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25. ExChem on October 2, 2013 8:26 PM writes...

Are consultants welcome?

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26. Ben Kaduk on October 2, 2013 9:21 PM writes...

I wouldn't be surprised if whole labs of grad students from MIT came, the blog is really great! The first half of the week is bad for me, but hopefully this will not be a one-time thing :)

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27. annonnie on October 2, 2013 9:43 PM writes...

The food trucks....come on now. Sounds like an illegal drug exchange in east Cambridge.

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28. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 6:09 AM writes...

Food trucks does sound very sleazy, kind of like sex behind the garbage bins.

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29. Nick K on October 3, 2013 6:16 AM writes...

Any chance of a webcast for those like me who can't make it?

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30. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 6:16 AM writes...

we need to have a healthy ratio of hydrophilics and hydrophobics for that activity behind the garbage bin.

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31. Ayatollah of the Outcomes on October 3, 2013 6:18 AM writes...

How about the area behind the Vertex Kendall Sq. Parking lot payment entrance and near the kayak rentals? There's enough standing space, some chairs and tables and reasonable ambiance. It doesn't crowd a pavement creating a public hazard with too many chemists/drug disc folks around.

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32. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 6:20 AM writes...

I work for Wuxi and happen to be in Cambridge next week. May I join?

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33. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 6:32 AM writes...

@32: Bring what's left of Merck with you!

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34. Randall on October 3, 2013 8:15 AM writes...

I'd like to join. I suggest the Kendall food court area in case of rain. Will there be a post or email or something with whatever you decide on?

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35. jbosch on October 3, 2013 8:54 AM writes...

Sounds like a party - I would come if there wasn't the possibility that the NIH might accept grants.

How crazy is that ? I mean the NIH fuss or more precisely the Government shutdown.

Anyhow enjoy the food & drinks, if this could be a regular thing say every three - six months I would certainly swing by on one of those occasions.

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36. anon on October 3, 2013 10:19 AM writes...

Should I bring my laptop?

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37. HONClBrIF on October 3, 2013 11:49 AM writes...

I'm in for any day in that range if you don't mind a recent doctoral defendee whose looking for work tagging along. I promise not to be obnoxious about employment, or drink MoMo's entire open bar.

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38. Ryan on October 3, 2013 1:52 PM writes...

Count me in as well for any of those dates. Sounds like it should be an interesting mix of people.

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39. Utes on October 3, 2013 4:40 PM writes...

This is a great idea. I will be there as well.

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40. mit_postdoc on October 3, 2013 7:22 PM writes...

this is exciting! I've been reading this blog for almost 2 years now and just started my postdoc at MIT this week. Fate?
I presume lunch is 12-1pm. In that case, preferably not the 7th or 11th as I'm supposed to be attending orientation & safety training.
See you there.

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41. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 7:27 PM writes...

are you trying you how to hit the post button only once?

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42. Anonymous on October 3, 2013 7:30 PM writes...

Wow, this thingy is becoming a cult!

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43. RegularReader on October 3, 2013 7:48 PM writes...

Aw...I wish I could attend the "Lowe-Fest" or "Lowe-Lowe-Palooza", but alas I work 1500 miles away. (Sniffle, sniffle, yearning look.) Although I'm becoming farther removed from organic chemistry, it's nice to hear that the field and its denizens still have rallying power. I hope that everyone who attends has a wonderful time!

Who knows, maybe EJC, DAE, or YK might make a cameo appearance!

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44. newnickname on October 3, 2013 10:51 PM writes...

This is the slowest propagating Flash Mob I've ever seen. It's slower than an old gravity, cf flash, column. Will there be spontaneous "In the Conga Line" dancing in the streets while unknowing onlookers watch in amazement? What happens when a bunch of In the Pipeline readers go Wilding in the streets of Cambridge, Kimwipes strewn all over? Or worse, old issues of JACS strewn all over the streets?

I think this might turn ugly.

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45. RegularReader on October 4, 2013 7:54 AM writes...

@44: The ugliness factor might increase if people attempt to unload their CVs/résumés on Derek. Yeah, this may be a networking opportunity, but in the end it's meant to be a friendly get-together. Keycards aside, I wonder how easy it will be to spot the chemists amongst the other Cantabrigians.

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46. idiotraptor on October 4, 2013 9:47 AM writes...

Derek, please post a day and time if something emerges out of the feedback you receive.

I'm in the Longwood Medical area and I will my do my best to attend and counterbalance the plethora of chemists with a biology presence:;

Bar the reporters.

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47. Anonymous on October 4, 2013 6:30 PM writes...

Great idea. Wish I was in Boston. Any bay area readers want to organize a lunch the same day? :)

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48. chemist on October 5, 2013 8:44 AM writes...

oh boo, how about a dinner or drinks type of meetup? i'm in the boston area but only get back into the area in the evenings.

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49. Anonymous on October 6, 2013 11:03 AM writes...

I suggest to hold a two day Lowe Medicinal Chemistry/Drug Discovery Symposium in a nice hotel downtown, and charge attendees $2000 for registration. And then discuss various topics including how to read and comment on "in the pipeline".

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