Pharma Blogging Panel at ACS Boston
Aug24

Pharma Blogging Panel at ACS Boston

[liveblog] Welcome to the live coverage of the Chemical & Pharma Blogging panel. Yes, this pharma blog is live blogging the pharma blogging session. It's very meta. On our panel today is Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline, Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, David Kroll of Terra Sigillata, and Mike Tarselli of Scripps Florida, and our moderater is none other than the Haystack's Carmen Drahl. 12:08 A slight delay as the crowds descend upon the boxed lunches. 12:16 Derek Lowe is up first. 12:20: Derek started blogging in January or February of 2002. Though he worried at the time he wouldn't have enough to write about-- appears the supply of material is inexhaustable. It helps that he talks about business, IP, legal, science and he tries to rotate between those. It keeps the readership reasonably happy or at least equally unhappy. "I know if i I talk about IP for more than two posts, I can see the readership dropping." It's like spray repellant. 12:22 Derek gets about 15-20k pageviews per day. Big spike at lunchtime. Likes to think he has had a profound negative effect on productivity for the country. Readership seems to be a lot of chemists and people who work in the drug industry, but also a lot of folks outside the field. 12:24 Nabakov extensively quoted. Derek is literary, not just scientific! 12:25: A way to tell people where drugs really come from. Why do your prescriptions cost so much? Derek: "It's me." 12:26 Ed Silverman from Pharmalot is up next. 12:28 Ed comes at blogging from a different perspective: "I'm a journalist of all thing." Started out on the pharma beat at the NJ Star-Ledger in 1995, and after ten years he proposed a blog. Got the greenlight in 2006--came up with the name "pharmalot," with idea of covering what didn't get covered in mainstream media. Started in Jan '07. 12:30 Blogging has been an interesting experience--writing a blog has been one of the best career decisions he made. Keeps him in front of issues, meeting people, etc. Trying to cover a smattering of different things, and comes to pharma industry from a different perspective-- as an outsider. 12:31 Ed also sees the crowd go quiet when he writes about patent stuff. Ah, the challenges of making IP enticing... 12:33 Now up, David Kroll of Terra Sigillata 12:35 A pharmacologist by training, but he does play well with chemists. He likes to think blogging serves bost chemistry and pharmacology. He grew up within sight of the Roche tower and always wanted to work for a pharma company. Life changed, and landed in academia. 12:37 Terra...

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Pharma and Chemistry Blog Panel Discussion 8/24 #acsboston
Jul09

Pharma and Chemistry Blog Panel Discussion 8/24 #acsboston

We now interrupt the steady stream of pharma news for a small announcement. If you'll be in in Boston late this August, I think you might enjoy going to a mini-symposium and panel discussion about the chemistry and pharma blogosphere, happening at the Fall ACS meeting. The panelists are a great cross-section of academia, industry, and media: Derek Lowe, In the Pipeline, @Dereklowe David Kroll, Terra Sigillata, @abelpharmboy Ed Silverman, Pharmalot, @pharmalot Michael Tarselli, Scripps Florida These folks will each give a short talk, but the real highlight here is the panel. I'd love for people to show up with great questions. Want to talk about how blogs are playing a role in discussing layoffs and employment? How about the trickiness to promoting new drugs on the web? Or what role new media should have in critiquing papers? The panel's as good a time as any to bring those issues up. I'll be moderating the event, which is slated for Tuesday, August 24, from 12 noon till 2PM in the Boston Convention Center, Ballroom West. It costs $16 to sign up for the session, which includes lunch. You can register for the event at the main ACS meeting registration site here. It is listed as the MEDI Lunch and Learn/Ticket No. SE 19. Get more information about the event from this promo flyer. FYI - today's the last day to register early (read: at the discounted price) for the Fall ACS...

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