Chemical Space

I had an interesting discussion with a former colleague over the weekend. His new company (well, new-ish, he’s been there a while) actively separate their medicinal and synthetic chemists, giving each an equal weighting in the project hierachy.

To say this is in contrast with most of my own experience would not be an understatement. Traditionally, the role of synthetic and medicinal chemist has been a joint one, with the chemist wearing the appropriate hat/lab coat as needed. Indeed, my current position puts this explicitly, as my official title here at RTI is “synthetic organic/medicinal chemist”. In many ways this makes sense, as it takes a lot less time to come up with the idea for a molecule than to actually make it, so a chemist can spend that little while in the library drawing up a plan of action, then spend the next much longer while putting that plan…

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