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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Learn How To: * Discover the 12 permanent, big-pharma jobs for B.S. chemists * Use the 500+ company index to locate potential employers * Track pharma openings with 190+ corporate and chemist-specific job banks * Add industry veterans to your employment network * Find the 50+ companies offering paid summer internships to students * Include the one resume item that wins interviews for B.S. and M.S. chemists * Express a knowledgeable preference for drug discovery or development * Research over 360 drug companies through their Web sites * Discover the 70+ firms offering stock purchase plans or stock options¾and which two represent big pharma * Find out your salary offer in time to negotiate your wages


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.

Table of Contents

ENTICEMENTS: WHY ORGANIC CHEMISTS WORK IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY ELEMENTS OF DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT JOBS IN THE DRUG INDUSTRY DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENTAL CHEMICAL RESEARCH: COMMON FEATURES DISCOVERY RESEARCH: MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGE IN ORGANIC SYNTHESIS QUALIFYING AND SEARCHING FOR JOBS IN THE DRUG INDUSTRY EVALUATING COMPANIES AND JOB OFFERS APPENDIX A Arthur C. Cope Award ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry The Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods International Aspirin Prize for Solidarity through Chemistry Geographical Index of the North American Pharmaceutical Industry Name Index of the North American Pharmaceutical Industry


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About the author

Richard Friary

Richard Friary, Ph.D., is a synthetic organic and medicinal chemist employed by the Schering-Plough Research Institute. This institute forms the discovery and development arm of a fully integrated multinational pharmaceutical company. The author’s combined experience in this company and CIBA-Geigy (now part of Novartis) spans nearly 30 years.As a senior principal scientist, the writer is an accomplished chemical researcher who discovered a safe and effective drug that relieves psoriasis and dermatitis. He was instrumental in steering the experimental medicine to clinical trials in human beings and in developing it afterward. Dr. Friary is among the few chemists ever to have made a drug that entered clinical studies in human beings, and among fewer still whose drug passed clinical trials. Eighteen patents and 31 articles name him as an inventor and an author.Born in 1942, Richard Friary is a native of Biddeford, Maine, and a graduate of Colby (B.A., 1964) and Dartmouth Colleges (M.A., 1966) and of Fordham University (Ph.D., 1970). He is a veteran of the R. B. Woodward Research Institute in Basel, Switzerland, where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher from 1970 to 1973. There he learned medicinal chemistry by making cephalosporin C analogs as antibacterial agents, and organic synthesis through a total synthesis of prostaglandin F 2a. Only a few chemists ever wrote as many as two articles with the finest organic chemist of all time, the late R. B. Woodward, and Friary is one of them.

Affiliations and Expertise

Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A.


@qu:". . .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." @source:--Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, June 2000 @qu:"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." @source:--Ronald Breslow Ph.D., University Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Columbia University; former president of the American Chemical Society @qu:"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!" @source:--Pat N. Confalone Ph.D., Senior Vice President, DuPont Pharmaceuticals @qu:"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." @source:--Wil