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Job$ in the Drug Indu$try

A Career Guide for Chemists

This book is intended to help newly graduated chemists, particularly organic chemists, at all levels from bachelors to post-doctorates, find careers in the North American pharmaceutical industry. It will serve as a practical, detailed guiedbook for job seekers as well a reference work for faculty advisers, research supervisors, development officers, employment agents, and personnel managers in the industry. The book gathers in a single volume the fundamentals of getting an industrial job as a medicinal or process chemist, and covers all aspects of a chemist's job--scientific, financial, and managerial--within a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company. Other scientists looking for jobs as analytical or physical chemists and even biochemists and biologists will find the book useful. The valuable appendix is a unique compendium of 365 commercial, governmental, or non-profit institutions that comprise the North American pharmaceutical industry.

Audience
Undergraduates majoring in chemistry and biochemistry, graduate students in organic and medicinal chemistry, post-doctoral chemical researchers, chemistry professors, career development officers in academia, independent employment agents serving the industry, and personnel managers in the industry.

Paperback, 364 Pages

Published: March 2000

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-267645-1

Reviews

  • ". . .an accurate presentation of opportunities and rewards for chemists in the pharmaceutical field. Primarily, it is intended as a guide for organic chemists. Nonetheless, all chemists, as well as those trained in a variety of other scientific disciplines, will derive a great deal from this book . . . it will be of particular benefit to those who advise students, i.e., university professors, administrators, and faculty."
    --Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, June 2000


    "This book is an absolute must read for organic chemistry students and their teachers, and others interested in jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. It covers all the important points, and is filled with sage advice that is well highlighted. It is so well written, with such an attractive style, that it is also a pleasure to read. Richard Friary has done a great service by writing this splendid book."
    --Ronald Breslow Ph.D., University Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Columbia University; former president of the American Chemical Society
    "Dr. Friary's decades of experience in the drug industry are clearly evident in the pages of this much-needed volume - it's truly "one of a kind" and should be placed in a millennium time capsule to instruct future biotech entrepreneurs how to set up and run a pharmaceutical R&D operation!"
    --Pat N. Confalone Ph.D., Senior Vice President, DuPont Pharmaceuticals
    "A feeling of déjà vu came over me to the point that I had butterflies in my stomach, thinking that it was only yesterday that I was encountering the same perplexing situations and seeking answers to the same questions that Dr. Friary addresses in his book. . . . This book is a must read for anyone considering a career or starting his/her career as a research chemist (scientist) and should be on the shelves of most human resource and guidance professionals."
    --William A. Metz Ph.D., Research Scientist, Drug Discovery, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc.
    "Dick Friary's book should be required reading for chemists at any level contemplating a career in the pharmaceutical industry as well as anyone wanting to gain an understanding of the role chemists play in drug discovery and development. His writing style makes for lively reading and the tips throughout the book are accurate and invaluable."
    --Arthur J. Elliott, Ph.D., Vice President of Chemistry, SIDDCO
    "Every chemistry major at every level of higher education should be guided through this book by a faculty mentor."
    --RALPH BRIGHAM, DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES, MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
    "Jobs in the Drug Industry is an authoritative compendium of guide posts by an "in-house" expert through the pharmaceutical industry, the most active market of activity in industrial organic chemistry today. This is for all level of students, post-docs, and any new hires in the pharmaceutical industry, a practical how to find it, how to do it, and how to move in it. [The book is] a real source and guide, excellently referenced, and the appendices are generous. Written by one who knows all stages of the pharmaceutical industry. The writing is easy and friendly, with a wry wit - most enjoyable reading. And what a help to all in the industry. If I were a FIPCO boss with new chemist employees, I'd give each one a copy, and my staff could use it too."
    --YORKE E. RHODES Ph.D., CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING PROGRAM, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    "Dr. Friary has first-hand knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry and this book relays his knowledge, obtained by years of experience, to the reader. This book is unequaled in the sheer amount of information that it contains about all facets of being hired, working within, and retiring in a pharmaceutical company. Appendices provided are very helpful in getting in touch with pharmaceutical companies across the country if one desires to seek employment with one of them. I strongly recommend this book for anyone considering a career in the drug industry. ...it is a book that I will use upon initiation of my own job search."
    --BRENDEN RICKARDS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
    "...A delightful and easy to read account of what might be expected in the drug industry. The author seems to have hit every base and expected every question. I will feel very comfortable in suggesting that a student look this over if he or she wants to know more about possible careers in chemistry."
    --BRAD MUNDY, COLBY COLLEGE
    "This book is a great tool to learn everything you need to know about the pharmaceutical business and how to approach a possible job in the field. A thorough and descriptive guide to understanding the drug industry. I found it very helpful when I read what interviewers expect and look for in candidates. I felt like I was being walked through an interview as a read."
    --SEAN NEVILLE, CHEMISTRY MAJOR AT COLBY COLLEGE AND SUMMER INTERN AT A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
    "This book in an excellent primer on life in the pharmaceutical industry, useful for chemists and non-chemists alike. It is a must for those interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry...Dr. Friary has captured, in an easy-to-read, interesting text, lessons that it has taken me almost 20 years in the industry to learn. He has made available essential information that will make candidates more knowledgeable and desirable, while laying out clearly what a career in the pharmaceutical industry entails."
    --PETER MAUSER, SCIENTIST RESPIRATORY DISEASE, HOECHST MARION ROUSSEL
    "For people trying to land jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, the proper preparation could be found in the pages of 'Jobs in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists.' . . .job seekers will find this book full of useful information. It will make the chore of landing that first job in the drug industry a little less onerous."
    --CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS, August 7, 2000
    ". . . gives a fine overall picture of the industry and the career possibilities beyond drug discovery. . .. His geographical index of drug-related firms is especially valuable."
    --CHEMICAL INNOVATION, June 2000
    "The author, Richard Friary, is a very successful organic and medicinal chemist with more than 30 years experience. In this book he describes the kind of work that is done by medicinal or process chemists in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the consequent satisfactions and rewards deriving from his work. The book gathers into a single volume all of the basics involved in getting a job as a medicinal or process chemist in the North American drug industry. Jobs in the Drug Industry is an accurate presentation of opportunities and rewards for chemists in the pharmaceutical field." ". . .it will be of particular benefit to those who advise students, i.e., university professors, administrators, and faculty."
    --Carl Kaiser, JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, Vol.43, No. 15.
    " . . .perhaps the most useful section is the chapter devoted to the critical reviewing of prospective employers and job offers, skills that most scientists lack. If you're looking for your first "real" job out of graduate school or after a postdoc, this is the book."
    --Randall Willis, TODAY'S CHEMIST AT WORK, September 2000.
    "Friary treats his subject in a most comprehensive way. He gathers the fundamentals for chemists of getting a job in the pharmaceutical industry and shows the kinds of work chemists do, the salaries and benefits they get, and advises on job and company evaluation. In addition to all the practical aspects in job hunting, the book's most lasting values may lie in describing the process and challenges of drug discovery."
    --STRUCTURAL CHEMISTRY, 2000, VOL. 11, NO. 6

Contents

  • ENTICEMENTS: WHY ORGANIC CHEMISTS WORKIN THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRYELEMENTS OF DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENTJOBS IN THE DRUG INDUSTRYDISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENTAL CHEMICAL RESEARCH:COMMON FEATURESDISCOVERY RESEARCH: MEDICINAL CHEMISTRYCHEMICAL DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGE IN ORGANIC SYNTHESISQUALIFYING AND SEARCHING FOR JOBS IN THE DRUG INDUSTRYEVALUATING COMPANIES AND JOB OFFERSAPPENDIX AArthur C. Cope AwardACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic ChemistryRoger Adams Award in Organic ChemistryThe Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistryof Natural ProductsTetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic ChemistryHerbert C. Brown Award for Creative Researchin Synthetic MethodsInternational Aspirin Prize for Solidarity through ChemistryGeographical Index of the North AmericanPharmaceutical IndustryName Index of the North AmericanPharmaceutical Industry

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