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  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    The Doctorate and Its Discontents

    The doctorate-or-not discussion is roaring along in the comments to the last post, and they’re well worth reading. I have a few more thoughts on the subject myself, but I’m going to turn off comments to this post and ask people to continue to add to the previous ones. One thing that seems clear to… Read More
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    Naked Synthesis

    There’s an unusual article in Nature that several folks have e-mailed me about. It’s unusual for several reasons. For one thing, it’s synthetic organic chemistry, and there’s not much of that in Nature at all – it’s an interesting choice of journal on the part of the authors, Phil Baran of Scripps and two of… Read More
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    What Can Academia Do?

    So, as reader CalProf asked in a comment the other day, what should academic scientists who want to help discover drugs be doing? As a first approximation, I’d say not drug discovery. That sounds a bit strange, I know, but there are some good reasons behind it. Modern drug discovery takes a lot of resources… Read More
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    Problems and Solutions

    I had some e-mail from a graduate student in a good lab the other day, and I thought the questions raised were worth a blog post. He wrote: One thing which stands out to me is your enthusiasm for chemistry, after having been in pharma for a while. This is something which I am afraid… Read More
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    Peter Kim, So Far

    There’s an article in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal (subscriber-only link here) (Update: also available freely here – thanks to Kyle of The Chemblog for finding this) on Merck’s head of research, Peter Kim. It’s well-written, in the sense that depending on how you come to it, you could come away with very different c… Read More
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    Not On the Same Page

    I mentioned phosphatase inhibitors while talking about okadaic acid the other day, and that brings me to a paper from the journal ChemBioChem (6, 1749) that I was recently reading. It’s a collaboration from six German academic groups, led by one at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. And there are some… Read More
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    University of Drug Discovery?

    There’s an interesting letter to Science in the latest issue (Nov. 4, #5749, p. 777), in response to their special section on drug discovery in the July 29th issue. Adrian Ivinson, a former editor of Nature Medicine and now head of a new research center at Harvard Medical School, writes that the section: “. . Read More
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    The Great Divide

    A reader at a large research university sends this along for comment: “My advisor is a staunch skeptic of the value of “big pharma”. He recently made a comment in a group meeting that “Merck has not discovered anything in 25 years. They don’t do research, they acquire it. In fact, I don’t know why… Read More
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    Mutual Suspicions

    I’m not saying these are all true, or true all the time. But here are three things that industrial pharma researchers tend to believe about academic ones: 1. They talk too darn much. Don’t even think about sharing any proprietary material with them, because it’ll show up in a PowerPoint show at their next Gordon… Read More
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    Differences Between Academia and Industry, Pt. 4

    You hear an awful lot about teamwork when you’re in industry. (Personally, my fist clenches up whenever I here the phrase “team player”, but perhaps that’s just me.) But there’s a bit of truth in all this talk, and it’s something that you generally don’t encounter during graduate training. As a chemistry gr… Read More
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