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Gainful Employment

Since many people have checked in with me to see how things have been going, I wanted to mention that today is, in fact, my first day on my new job. I’m very happy to report this, both for the obvious reasons, and because the research I’ll be doing looks to be very interesting and complex, and of great potential use should we make progress. That’s just what I like to be involved in, and I’m very much looking forward to joining my new colleagues and getting back into R&D after a period of unplanned summer vacation. Back to work!

50 comments on “Gainful Employment”

  1. Dr Zoidberg says:

    Great news Derek, best of luck!

    1. dearieme says:

      Agreed. All best wishes.

  2. TMS says:

    Given the recent cementing of Boston as the center of the pharma discovery universe, I am assuming that you do not have to move for this new position.

  3. Cedar Sanderson says:

    Excellent news! I do enjoy your columns, and hope that the new job gives you renewed topics of conversation inasmuch as you can talk about work in public.

    1. TheMadLibrarian says:

      I’ve been away too long, only just having discovered you had an ‘unplanned vacation’ as it has been put. Congratulations on the new job!

  4. Steve says:

    Congrats… good luck with the new gig…

  5. Wavefunction says:

    Congratulations and godspeed!

  6. Isidore says:

    Having gone through the experience of an “unplanned vacation”, as you put it, twice in my career (so far), I am glad to read that you are back contributing to science. Congratulations!

  7. Kazoo Chemist says:

    Let me guess: You will be working on peroxynitrite scavengers.

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  8. ex chemist says:

    Congratulations and best of luck!

  9. yuri says:

    Pity you cant name your employer. I’m sure there are several butt-hurt HR managers right now.

    1. Cyber Sleuth says:

      While he seems to avoid ever naming his employer on this blog, in the past his LinkedIn has included it. Give it a few months/a year and the new one will probably show up there 🙂

  10. HTSguy says:

    Very happy to hear that you have a new lab and are pushing back the frontiers of science again.

  11. Dr. Manhattan says:

    Hope you find your new position fulfilling and exciting (exciting in the good sense). Also had an “unplanned vacation”, so I know how much it means to be back in the lab. Best of luck!

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  13. HappyReader says:

    Congratulations and good luck!

  14. Quintus says:

    Congratulations , good luck and plenty of active novel compounds. May your RBF’s never break.

  15. NJBiologist says:

    Excellent! Congratulations, and may your compounds please the rat gods!

  16. ScientistSailor says:

    How about updating you LinkedIn profile so we can know?

  17. milkshaken says:

    Great news. May you work for a company that actually cares about doing good science (they all say they do)

  18. anon the II says:

    Congratulations! Hope it comes with good health care.

  19. Luysii says:

    Bravo ! ! ! Mutual friend Dave Merberg didn’t think you’d have much trouble finding new work when I told him about it.

  20. Peter Kenny says:

    Great to hear this. Congratulations!

  21. Congratulations and best wishes.

  22. ROGI says:

    I wish your well. To find a job at 50+ with all of the

  23. Palo says:

    Excellent! Good luck, Derek.

  24. GutDecipher says:

    Congrats Derek, just make sure you don’t work so hard that you can’t find time to blog.

  25. Nolan says:

    How long did it take you to find a job?

  26. Philip Skinner says:


  27. Dr CNS says:

    Congratulations, and best of luck, Derek!

  28. J Severs says:

    Good news and thanks for update.

  29. Doug Steinman says:

    Congrats Derek! Good things really do happen to nice people. Best of luck with the new gig.

  30. greasypocket says:

    Congratulations on the new job, Derek! Your new company is very lucky to have you on-board.

  31. Pharm Analyst says:

    Congratulations Derek on your new position!! Wish you all the very best!! I am sure you will do great! Yeah, keep them blogs coming!!

  32. Some idiot says:

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

  33. dm01720 says:

    Congratulations, Derek! It’s true, I’ve been confident that you’d land on your feet.

  34. David Borhani says:


  35. Chemcat says:

    Congratulations, Derek! That’s great news. Best wishes!

  36. David Young MD says:

    That’s wonderful, Derek! Medicinal chemistry is a fascinating field. Good luck in narrowing down some lead compounds and best of success in their flight down clinical trials.

  37. cancer_man says:

    Congratulations, but I’m disappointed to see that Elysium *still* hasn’t asked you to join their science advisory board.

  38. Anil Lele says:

    Congratulations & Best Wishes

  39. Formerly at the DDU says:

    Good to hear, and unsurprising. With hindsight these “unplanned vacations” often turn out to lead you to far more interesting places…mine did. Enjoy the ride.

  40. bank says:

    Well done!

  41. Rich Rostrom says:

    Congratulations, both to you and to your lucky employer.

  42. Bagger Vance says:

    Congratulations indeed! I would say it gives hope to us all that there is still a future, but of course Derek’s career path and unusually high profile are unlikely to be something many of us could replicate.

  43. All the acids says:


  44. Andy II says:

    From his linkedIn:
    Derek Lowe
    Director in Chemical Biology Therapeutics at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)

  45. ksr15 says:

    Maybe you’ve found some work with Klapötke over in germany!
    hahah, congrats

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