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.
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Novartis says that it's cutting about 500 positions in Switzerland, in what they're saying are support and pharma development roles. They're also closing a plant in Suffern, NY. The company is famously tight-lipped about this sort of thing, so there really aren't any details on whether this is a continuation of last year's rearrangements or what. More information if any shows up!