Category Archive: open drug discovery teams

Jan
07

A new year and a New start – leaving the Pistoia Alliance Board of Directors

I hope I can say 2014 is a New Start. Due to my increase in time contributed to working on rare diseases through Jonah’s Just Begun, the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation and Hannah’s Hope Fund my “free time” has taken a bit of a squeeze. In addition when combined with the 3 NIH grants I am …

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May
13

Rare diseases make it into Chemical and Engineering News – chemists can help !

I want to take some time to highlight a terrific 4 part article  “Orphans find a home” that came out today in Chemical and Engineering News by Lisa Jarvis which I think absolutely captures what I have been seeing the last few years through my interactions with several rare and ultra rare disease groups – or fighter …

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May
04

Open Drug Discovery Teams – An example of a lean start-up as an app

I have written quite a bit in the past on this blog about how the Open Drug Discovery Teams app was created with Alex Clark and how we have used it to highlight rare and neglected diseases, share molecules via Twitter and so much more! We think this is an example of a lean start-up, a …

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Apr
11

American Chemical Society 2013 Meeting – New Orleans

I am just back from the 2013 American Chemical Society in New Orleans at which I co-chaired 2 sessions in CINF. Lots of gumbo and jambalya were consumed. A very busy meeting, so much so that I barely left the rooms in which I was either talking or helping to chair. Lots of interesting discussions …

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Apr
05

Why Open Source Drug Discovery Needs a “Champion”

Yesterday I attended the Southeast Venture Philanthropy Summit held in Chapel Hill. Attendees included VC, philanthropy types, disease foundations (big and small), bioscience organizations, scientists from all over the country. There was of course the usual 1:1 partnering sessions which I did not attend, instead sitting through panels on personalized medicine, philanthropy, investment in the …

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Mar
27

NIH Data Sharing Plan – Why ODDT could be the solution*

*(Well maybe for Tuberculosis, Malaria, Huntington’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis, Hunter syndrome, Giant Axonal Neuropathy, H5N1, Fibromusclar Dysplasia, Sanfilippo Syndrome etc) Helping collaborators with their NIH grants (R01, U19, SBIR, STTR, etc.), one is struck by something that has to be done early in most cases yet is usually left till last. That is …

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Mar
07

Why are some companies slowly developing mobile apps ?

If you follow this blog, you will already know I have a bit of an interest in mobile apps for chemistry and science in general. This is through having ideas like Green Solvents, Open Drug Discovery Teams and TB Mobile  (which are all free apps) and then getting a great developer like Alex Clark involved that knows the …

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Feb
21

World Symposium on Lysosomal storage diseases

Last week I was honored to be at a major rare disease conference in Florida and presented a poster on ODDT with Jill Wood and Alex Clark. At the outset I decided I was going to live tweet. And literally after hundreds of them I have running notes and commentary for most of the talks …

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Feb
12

A new start- one conference at a time

Once you meet someone at a conference (or perhaps under other circumstances too) the experience can potentially change what you do. Yes I actually wrote that, from personal experience. What I had not expected was that this can happen over and over again. Is it because I am particularly receptive or malleable? I do not think …

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Jan
29

Preparing for Leading scientists towards openness

Since Antony Williams has introduced us as moderating a session at Science Online 2013 here are some more thoughts to get ideas going and some insight. Some slides to get you thinking and stoke discussion are here . Firstly why are we doing this? Last year there was some great discussion on open notebook science …

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