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December 24, 1999

Two Words: Classical Pharmacology

August 01, 2003

Selling Science

"Postdoc work in [the] academy is pretty precarious. ... I wanted something with a more sure footing but that was still technically challenging."

September 12, 2003

Life In Biotech

"Here you have to make sure you're getting things done and meeting your objectives. It's almost a completely different experience."

September 12, 2003

Bully for Biotech

Biotechnology is about opportunity. And risk.

November 14, 2003

Hot Careers: RNAi

"Although many of the jobs in the RNAi industry will closely resemble positions in other industries--biochemists, molecular biologists, and pharmacologists will be in demand--some specializations will be particularly sought after."

November 14, 2003

Two Careers in RNAi

"Working with the close-knit group of scientists is giving her exposure to many aspects of the research, and that validates part of her reasoning for coming to a start-up company like Alnylam."

February 27, 2004

Profile: The Scrutable and the Inscrutable

"I gravitated toward the principle of minimum effort." --Ben Goertzel, chief scientific officer, BioMind LLC

February 27, 2004

The Mathematical Biology Job Market

"If some significant fraction of the NIH budget is going to large-scale projects, and a substantial fraction of each project's budget goes into informatics, that translates into a lot of jobs." --David States, professor of bioinformatics, University of Washington

March 05, 2004

Pharmacogenomics Profiles

There are molecular biologists, and biochemists, and immunologists. There are toxicologists, and pharmacologists. But there are no pharmacogenomicists.

March 05, 2004

Personalized Drugs, Personalized Careers

"There isn't a pharmaceutical company that doesn't want these people. [Fellowship participants] are getting calls from headhunters 6 months or a year before they've finished." --Dave Flockhart, professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

April 23, 2004

Careers in Biotech Manufacturing

Biotech companies are gearing up to manufacture product, but they face a shortage of talent as most young scientists interested in biotechnology have congregated to research.

June 10, 2004

Scientists and the FMLA

"Many women don't take advantage of it because they believe that the perception is, if they do, they're not, 'real scientists.' " --Sally Shaywitz

June 24, 2004

DARPA and the Decline of U.S. Computer Science Research

In 2000, NSF received about 3000 computer science proposals with a success rate of 30%. In 2004, the number of applications had risen to 6500 and the success rate had dropped to 16%.

July 16, 2004

Funding Outside the Box

Why be normal?

September 10, 2004

SBIR Profile: Clinical Micro Sensors

"People refer to those things as their mistakes, but I think it's more accurate to say that they help to reduce choices and align the [company's] direction with the right path." --Jon Kayyem

September 10, 2004

Business Partnerships for Academic Scientists: the SBIR and STTR Programs

You don't have to pay any of the money back, the government won't ask for equity in your business, and you keep full control of the intellectual property that you develop. Venture investors--if you can find any--will not be so kind.

November 12, 2004

Academic Spinoff: SunPower

Solar power may have fallen quickly out of public view, but Richard Swanson remained intrigued by the challenge.

January 14, 2005

Waiting Until the Time is Right

"To found a company and then stay on the outside, the company can take all sorts of different directions. If you really want to have influence, the only way to do that is to join it." - Corey Goodman

February 11, 2005

Perimeter's Quantum Mechanic

"What makes him special is his ability to judge which problems are the best to work on. Perhaps the most important skill for a researcher is being able to identify which problems you have a good chance of solving and which solutions would be most important." – John Preskill

March 11, 2005

Careers in National Security: The Defense Intelligence Agency

Duties might include tracking and analyzing foreign weapons systems and capabilities; coding and maintaining weapon system simulations; C and C++ programming; keeping tabs on foreign threat capabilities against ground, naval, air, and space weapon systems; or maintaining contacts with counterparts elsewhere in the intelligence community and in government and industry.