Category Archive: collaborative science and computers

Jul
09

Observations on big and small collaborations

Its been a pretty hectic year to date with several grants coming to their conclusion and the need for writing up final reports and manuscripts. In addition it has provided just a little time for reflection. Pretty much everything I am involved in is a collaboration of some sort so I am just a tiny …

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Jun
26

Viva Collaboration! A new paper in a PLOS journal – and epic responses to reviewers

I am excited to say our new paper on Chagas Disease¬†just published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. This was a relatively painless process compared to previous PLOS experiences. We submitted March 31, had reviews back by May 8th and the paper was finally accepted June 5th after some back and forth. We did have some …

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May
28

Turning points and games with a purpose

Today I was talking to one of my old mentors from my postdoc days (in big pharma), for the first time in a few years. I realized that working with him and exposure to computational chemistry software¬† was a real turning point in my career in 1996. Several more turning points later …and I am …

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May
18

Contrasts in Pharmacology 2.0

Last week I was in Turin to give a talk at the Contrasts in Pharmacology 2.0 meeting, organized by the Fondazione Internazionale Menarini. My talk title was provided to me “Bigger data to increase drug discovery”. I am grateful to the organizers for inviting me and was honored to be there alongside speakers from the …

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May
07

The Necessary – a provocative vision of the scientific future

I was asked by Barry Bunin a few months ago to provide a short presentation on a vision for the future of drug discovery which I finally gave this week. After thinking about this for a while and chatting with a few friends including Alex Clark, – I wondered what was necessary in the future …

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Feb
18

Databases and collaboration require standards for human stem cell research

Last year my then colleague at CDD, Nadia Litterman and myself put together an article on databases and collaboration around the area of human stem cell research. This built on Nadia’s extensive experience of working with stem cells. My additions were mostly around software and collaboration. It was a fun paper to write as I …

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Dec
15

A year in publications – 2014

A year in collaborative publications, the ups and downs and a few random comments as well (with a big thanks to all involved): 1. Ekins S and Freundlich JS and Coffee M, A common feature pharmacophore for FDA-approved drugs inhibiting the Ebola virus, F1000research, 3: 277, 2014. This came initially from a Twitter exchange of …

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Dec
11

R&D jobs in pharma are snow leopards – scientists must embrace social media now!

I was inspired by my friend Robert Moore to write this post. He had written back in October on how to find members of the C-suites at businesses, which are positions treasured by marketeers. He compared CEOs to snow leopards, a very rare species, that can be found if you are smart and know where …

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Nov
12

Giving and taking my own advice on starting a company

I have a tendency to agree to other peoples good ideas to do things and then it catches up with me. You know that feeling of massive over commitment. Well I started to say NO a lot more frequently. I say no to all manner of requests to answer questionnaires, review for journals from publishers …

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Oct
20

In response to the NIH director

I just found a post by Dr. Antony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins on Ebola. So I have added my 2 cents – lets see if it gets accepted and a response from some moderator (..Tax dollars well spent – who would want that job responding to folks like me). There are plenty of smart …

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