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Pharma of the Future Historical Timeline

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There’s Room For More Than One Genius

Carole King, a songwriter and singer who has 4 Grammy Awards, was interviewed last spring by Terry Gross on the nightly NPR program, Fresh Air.

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George Steiner, a certain idea of knowledge.

George Steiner:

Our world is shrinking. Science is becoming inaccessible to us. Who can understand the latest innovations in genetics, astrophysics and biology? Who can explain them to the profane? Knowledge no longer communicates; writers and philosophers in our day are incapable of enabling us to understand science. At the same time, the scope of imagination in science is dazzling. How can we claim to speak of human consciousness if we overlook what is most daring and imaginative? I am concerned by what it means to be literate today. Is it possible to be literate if you do not understand non-linear equations?

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But…my projects are special.

Scientists in the field of pharmaceutical research and development face a most daunting challenge. Our understanding of the diseases we work to treat grows more complex and perplexing with each new published study. Take, for example, the gusher of information coming out on Alzheimer’s disease. How can research findings from genetics, neurology, nutrition, protein chemistry, pharmacology, and epidemiology (just to name a few) be tracked, sorted, and used?

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Sense and Sensibilities of Science

If you want to understand process formalization, read Jane Austen.

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A historical perspective from Alison Boeckmann

Prior to 1978, PK data was obtained from drugs that were tested on healthy young volunteers (typically medical students).

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It’s like playing with a better tennis partner

Are you a whistle-blower? Or do you cringe just to read those words? According to Margaret Heffernan* (links to a dead link) in a 2012 TEDTalk, most whistle-blowers are good guys. A whistle-blower can provide constructive conflict, which is vital for success. Heffernan says that great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. When we are afraid of conflict, our doubts remain hidden. But when we dare to break that silence – when we dare to create conflict – we enable ourselves and the people around us to do our very best thinking.

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The age of the smart machine.

Frances Fukuyama had some interesting things to say in the current issue of Foreign Affairs about the implications of globalization and technical innovation for our children’s future.*

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Model hurricanes.

Although some meteorological modelers may disagree, it seems to me that models predicting development and movement of hurricanes are getting more and more accurate.

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Mesmerizing Machine

As you study the blue ball machine, it is easy to see how you can be mesmerized by a process that doesn’t actually do anything. See if you can find the part where the ball replaces the worker’s head. Then find the little sign that every now and then flashes NO. It never says yes

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