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  • Life in the Drug Labs

    Mutter, Mutter, Mutter

    I spent my morning wandering through the labs with an inventory sheet in my hand, muttering about what kind of research organization this is if nobody has any triflic anhydride, damn it. For the non-chemists in the audience, this is pretty reactive stuff. It turns alcohols into trifluoromethanesulfonate esters, which nomenclature has been understan… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    Obvious to One Skilled in the Art

    Not much time to post tonight. Things have been fairly busy in the research world, with the added burden of some patent filings and some evaluations of other filings from the competition. These only confirm to me that there is no way that I could possibly keep bread on my table as a patent lawyer. Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    There’s an interesting piece over at 2 Blowhards (a culture-blog I’m going to have to permalink soon) on business versus craft. Their example is from a Los Angeles Times article on animators. Many Californians in that trade have had their jobs fall victim to new technology (and new lower-wage sources of labor.) You’ll think that… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    A Quick One While He’s Away

    This is one of those nights I warned about, when there’s not much time for blogifying. My book chapter is headed out via overnight delivery tomorrow, full of corrections. That’s not as bad as it sounds – they’re things like a missed patronymic initial on a Soviet-era reference’s co-author’s name. A few are larger… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    A Chemical Wish List

    After some years in the drug discovery business, I have a few modest requests to make. To start with, I think that the existing periodic table is too limited, with a number of elements that clearly were left out. I have a shopping list of what’s needed to complete the set, and here’s number one: Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs


    Not much time to blog tonight, and things are busy at work, too. We’re wrapping up one project in my lab, trying to start another, and I’m working on a paper about another (older) one. Days like this, my brain needs some new transmission fluid. I’m still trying to decide where to send the finished… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    Idle Hands

    Events don’t leave me much time to blog tonight, and I’m staying busy at work as well. Without going into job-terminating levels of detail, I’ll say that we’re at the stage now where we not only have to worry about what molecules to make, but how we’re going to make them. Those of you in… Read More
  • Drug Industry History

    And I Still Have Some of Those Shirts

    I found some old pictures taken in my grad-school lab the other day, and sat down to look them over. It had been at least nine years since I’d seen them (and it’s some fifteen years since they were taken.) One thing that strikes me is how similar my hood looks – a mess then… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    Talk, Cheap and Otherwise

    Chad Orzel over at Uncertain Principles has a couple of long posts on giving public presentations as a scientist. My experiences parallel his: a 45-minute talk to your peers isn’t too hard to put together, while a 15-minute talk is. And a talk to a lay audience can be harder than either one! (I haven’t… Read More
  • Life in the Drug Labs

    More Pfizer Explosion Details

    A short, but detailed story about the Pfizer explosion is here, from C&E News. While I was out on vacation, more details came out. I’ve been meaning to correct my earlier reports that the blast started with lithium t-butoxide. It now appears that the cause was a drum of borane/THF, which makes even more sense. Read More