About this Author
DBL%20Hendrix%20small.png College chemistry, 1983

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: Twitter: Dereklowe

Chemistry and Drug Data: Drugbank
Chempedia Lab
Synthetic Pages
Organic Chemistry Portal
Not Voodoo

Chemistry and Pharma Blogs:
Org Prep Daily
The Haystack
A New Merck, Reviewed
Liberal Arts Chemistry
Electron Pusher
All Things Metathesis
C&E News Blogs
Chemiotics II
Chemical Space
Noel O'Blog
In Vivo Blog
Terra Sigilatta
BBSRC/Douglas Kell
Realizations in Biostatistics
ChemSpider Blog
Organic Chem - Education & Industry
Pharma Strategy Blog
No Name No Slogan
Practical Fragments
The Curious Wavefunction
Natural Product Man
Fragment Literature
Chemistry World Blog
Synthetic Nature
Chemistry Blog
Synthesizing Ideas
Eye on FDA
Chemical Forums
Symyx Blog
Sceptical Chymist
Lamentations on Chemistry
Computational Organic Chemistry
Mining Drugs
Henry Rzepa

Science Blogs and News:
Bad Science
The Loom
Uncertain Principles
Fierce Biotech
Blogs for Industry
Omics! Omics!
Young Female Scientist
Notional Slurry
Nobel Intent
SciTech Daily
Science Blog
Gene Expression (I)
Gene Expression (II)
Adventures in Ethics and Science
Transterrestrial Musings
Slashdot Science
Cosmic Variance
Biology News Net

Medical Blogs
DB's Medical Rants
Science-Based Medicine
Respectful Insolence
Diabetes Mine

Economics and Business
Marginal Revolution
The Volokh Conspiracy
Knowledge Problem

Politics / Current Events
Virginia Postrel
Belmont Club
Mickey Kaus

Belles Lettres
Uncouth Reflections
Arts and Letters Daily
In the Pipeline: Don't miss Derek Lowe's excellent commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry in general at In the Pipeline

In the Pipeline

« The 2013 Medicine/Physiology Nobel: Traffic | Main | Forecasting Drug Sales: Har, Har. »

October 7, 2013

Cambridge "In the Pipeline" Reader Meetup: October 10

Email This Entry

Posted by Derek

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

Looking at the response, it looks like this Thursday the 10th would work out for a good number of people who've expressed interest, and the weather forecast looks good. So let's try for it then - say, 12 noon?

Now, the venue. I think the MIT food truck area makes sense for throughput and number of options, but there's not much seating around there, or even standing room. The indoor food court across the street is an option for rain, but it looks like we won't need it. Further down, the plaza near the kayak place on the canal has more seating and room in general, but I'd guess that we would overwhelm the burrito place's window there. So we could try to meet there, with each person bringing their food from wherever they like. Or if there's another option near the food truck area for people to gather, I'd be glad to hear about that. I'll update this post with more details

Comments (29) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Blog Housekeeping


1. newnickname on October 7, 2013 11:16 AM writes...

Are the food vendors on the "Pipeline" mailing list? If one area is going to be overrun by thousands of hungry Pipeline enthusiasts, they'd probably want a heads-up to prepare ahead of time. (Bring along an extra helper. Order extra bread, rice or napkins. Pre-prepare 5 buckets of steak or chicken or tofu instead of the usual 1 bucket. If they have to rush to feed the Pipeline crowd, quality might suffer and they really do want new customers to try their BEST stuff, not their rushed stuff. Kind of like med chem: don't tell me that I have 5 minutes to prepare 6 new compounds; give me some notice.)

Permalink to Comment

2. Curious Wavefunction on October 7, 2013 12:59 PM writes...

I'll be there. I suggest that the secret handshake include two fists curled up in the shape of a pipeline.

Permalink to Comment

3. annon on October 7, 2013 3:13 PM writes...

Was a stupid idea where to have it in the first place, and is a stupid place still.

Permalink to Comment

4. Amanda on October 7, 2013 3:38 PM writes...

Excited to get to meet Derek & fellow readers - looking forward to seeing you all!

Permalink to Comment

5. Anonymous on October 7, 2013 9:43 PM writes...

Wow, this sounds to be so much. I bet the most likely topic is the big Merck layoff.

Permalink to Comment

6. Anonymous on October 7, 2013 9:45 PM writes...

Remember to take a picture and post it here!

Permalink to Comment

7. Spike on October 8, 2013 7:44 AM writes...

If you are looking for a large open space, how about the grass area between 300 and 500 Technology Square on Main Street. Many food options in that area and not too far from the food trucks

Permalink to Comment

8. RegularReader on October 8, 2013 8:12 AM writes...


Permalink to Comment

9. annony on October 8, 2013 8:21 AM writes...

Is the garden on top of the parking garage in Kendall Square open again? People could grab their lunch at the trucks and then head up to the garden.

Permalink to Comment

10. random chemist on October 8, 2013 10:35 AM writes...

I would liek to go, but our group has journal club time

Permalink to Comment

11. Curt F. on October 8, 2013 12:20 PM writes...

See you Thursday. It will be fun.

Permalink to Comment

12. Catherine on October 8, 2013 12:36 PM writes...

Sorry, I will miss it. Please have more!

Permalink to Comment

13. Anon on October 8, 2013 3:37 PM writes...

Oh, you mean the imitation Cambridge? Shame, I got excited thinking you meant the proper Cambridge.....

Permalink to Comment

14. Honclbrif on October 8, 2013 4:45 PM writes...

Add another one to the list.

Permalink to Comment

15. SP on October 8, 2013 6:42 PM writes...

The roof garden is open again but half its previous size, thanks to the Borgle.

Permalink to Comment

16. Xmas on October 9, 2013 2:15 PM writes...

Aww man...I'm going to be in Chicago at that time.

Have fun. Enjoy the foodtruck food.

Permalink to Comment

17. Anonymous on October 9, 2013 2:45 PM writes...

Congratulations on this meeting being mentioned on Instapundit. You might have people coming to it from there as well as In The Pipeline.

Permalink to Comment

18. Jonathan Card on October 9, 2013 2:51 PM writes...

I'm not a regular reader, I came from Instapundit, but I'm interested. I'm a tenant at the Cambridge Innovation Center near Kendall station. Would you like me to look into a large meeting room? You can contact me through the email connected to the comments.

Permalink to Comment

19. Anon on October 9, 2013 4:46 PM writes...

Great, Instapundit- if we kindly ask his readers not to bring guns, is that going to be considered an insult?

Permalink to Comment

20. Anonymous on October 9, 2013 6:56 PM writes...

I am a recruiter for med chemists. May I come?

Permalink to Comment

21. Jonathan Car on October 9, 2013 9:40 PM writes...

It's Mass. We're not allowed to have them, anyway. :)

Permalink to Comment

22. Anonymous on October 9, 2013 10:34 PM writes...

So it's at the food court area tomorrow around noon?

Permalink to Comment

23. Randall on October 10, 2013 4:31 AM writes...

So, what did you decide? Food truck area, food court, or burrito/kayak place?

If the former, I have to confess that while I work in Kendall, I don't actually know where the food truck area is. I think I'm not trendy enough :)

Permalink to Comment

24. JB on October 10, 2013 6:18 AM writes...

The food trucks are behind the inbound T entrance, next to the MIT medical center. Carleton St., technically, although I don't think there are any signs saying that.

Permalink to Comment

25. ChemS on October 10, 2013 7:50 AM writes...

Looking forward to the get-together. Just wanted to ask what the final agreement on the meeting place is. Maybe the outdoor tables outside the food court in front of the Mariott?

Permalink to Comment

26. Curt F. on October 10, 2013 8:05 AM writes...

My understanding is that we are to meet at the kayak place on the canal, with food already in hand.

Permalink to Comment

27. Randall on October 10, 2013 8:11 AM writes...

Everyone seems to have a different idea of where we're meeting. So far we've got "My understanding is that we are to meet at the kayak place on the canal", "So it's at the food court area tomorrow around noon?" and "Enjoy the foodtruck food."

If there's not a post in the next hour or two clearing this up, we may have three different meetups.

Permalink to Comment

28. JB on October 10, 2013 8:19 AM writes...

Derek will be a wavefunction representing a superposition of the three locations.

Permalink to Comment

29. Anonymous on October 10, 2013 8:33 AM writes...

Ok, Derek's updated! Kayak area it is. See you there!

Permalink to Comment


Remember Me?


Email this entry to:

Your email address:

Message (optional):

The Last Post
The GSK Layoffs Continue, By Proxy
The Move is Nigh
Another Alzheimer's IPO
Cutbacks at C&E News
Sanofi Pays to Get Back Into Oncology
An Irresponsible Statement About Curing Cancer
Oliver Sacks on Turning Back to Chemistry