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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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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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June 13, 2014

"In the Pipeline" Will Be Moving

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Posted by Derek

Everyone who's visited the blog in the last few weeks has noticed the ongoing server problems. I've been working on solutions, and I think that the time has come to move the blog. I've had offers over the years to do so, but for one reason or another, I haven't made the jump. But several very good situations have been offered to me recently, and one way or another, it looks like I'll be picking up stakes soon. has been this blog's home for over ten years now, and it's been quite a run. I am extremely grateful to Hylton Joliffe, the man behind it, for all the effort and for the space to do whatever I wanted to do here. Looking back, I can't believe how much I've written over that time (the archives will be moving too). But I plan to keep going without interruption, and I'll have more details soon about the new location.

Comments (17) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Blog Housekeeping


1. Anonymous on June 13, 2014 7:16 AM writes...

Hurrah for the power of customer focus!

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2. Patrick on June 13, 2014 7:30 AM writes...

Thanks, Derek! I love your blog, and it wasn't going to drive me away... But man, I will be really glad when it's better.

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3. BioDueDiligence on June 13, 2014 7:33 AM writes...

Sounds great, congrats! Sometimes it is hard to get through the day without our ITP fix.

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4. John Wayne on June 13, 2014 8:08 AM writes...

It is sad that you have had your hand forced by poor performance, but sometimes you have to speak with your URL.

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5. Hap on June 13, 2014 8:17 AM writes...

@1: Um, I haven't been paying to read the blog. Is there something I'm missing?

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6. Anonymous on June 13, 2014 8:27 AM writes...

@5: I meant "Customer" in the broadest sense, as in target audience. Obviously there is a purpose for writing this blog, and I assume it's not for selfish purposes, so I am as grateful as everyone here for its existence...

Thank you Derek!

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7. anony on June 13, 2014 8:41 AM writes...


Please, please allow anonymous comments on whatever the new hosting system is. Aside from your terrific writing, one of the reasons I read this blog is because of the amazing commentary. Clearly these comments come from informed, intelligent scientists who work in the industry. I believe anonymity is critically important for enabling this. This blog is also clearly trolled by corporate/HR types, sometimes with ill intent. In light of this, anonymity allows people to comment freely without fear of reprisal.
Thank you!

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8. Hap on June 13, 2014 8:42 AM writes...

Sorry - trying to be funny, sort of.

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9. Derek Lowe on June 13, 2014 8:44 AM writes...

#7 - I completely agree, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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10. Anonymous on June 13, 2014 8:46 AM writes...

Derek, could you please apply a filter for the word "peroxynitrites"?

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11. Buyer Man on June 13, 2014 8:47 AM writes...

Re customer focus: many of my fellow readers won't like this, but if it ever gets to the point that this blog becomes DL's main thing, I'm open to putting (a little bit of) my money where your mouth is - medium double-digit $/year subscription is more than worth it.

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12. Keith Robison on June 13, 2014 9:01 AM writes...

If you haven't picked your destination yet, please choose one which reads well on mobile phones & tablets.

Not that's necessarily true of my own blog...

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13. z on June 13, 2014 12:59 PM writes...

@12, I agree that it would be good to make sure the new site reads well on mobile devices. I read blogs via RSS feeds (I use Feedly these days), and, with many blogs, I never click through to the actual webpage so it doesn't matter whether the site plays well with all devices. But, as other folks have mentioned, the comments here tend toward a much higher caliber than most internet forums, so I almost always load the website to read the discussion.

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14. Anon on June 13, 2014 3:59 PM writes...

I request that the URL be easy. is easy to remember and type. is not!

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15. Ann O'Nymous on June 13, 2014 9:33 PM writes...

@14, in the worst case, you can set up your own mnemonic tinyurl (see to point to it. For example or whatever floats your boat.

Or a bookmark, of course, though that may be too 1990s for the hipster chemists among you.

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16. DrSnowboard on June 16, 2014 3:35 PM writes...

Yes, please move to somewhere better supported. I think the commitment of your readers is measured by the fact that you still have some, given the poor server / comments performance recently. Going to comments to be met by a blank page would have decimated most blogs

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17. adam on June 19, 2014 8:54 AM writes...

I feel like this should be tagged How Not To Do It...

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