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Peace in strength.  Like the mighty oak that has survived some 600 years in what is now my back yard, we engage with experience and resilience.  Whether the winds blow hard or the sun shines bright, we go on, deeply rooted and stretching for the heavens.

Strength in peace.  Many challenges of the world, and Pharmaceutical R&D, grow out of mere misunderstandings.  We seek to enhance mutual understanding and peaceful cooperation toward shared objectives.

- Peace and Strength by Kevin Freiert

Salem Oaks Presents: a podcast sharing the human stories behind the medicines

004 Donald Kirsch: Getting to Know a Drug Hunter

Dec 10, 2019

We’ve all been there. You are at a party and someone asks, “So, what do you do?” Dr. Kirsch always found it hard to explain his career as a discovery scientist. He decided to write a book about it.  The Drug Hunters: An Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of…

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Episode 3: Hope Can Be Curative.

Nov 18, 2019

David Pearce Ph.D., Sanford Research Leader Today we hear from David Pearce, PhD, President of Innovation and Research, Sanford Health and Vice Chair, Consortium Assembly, International Rare Disease Research Consortium (IRDiRC) Dr. Pearce’s rare disease background emanates from publishing over 100 research papers on Batten Disease. David talks to us about…

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Episode 2: Kyle Bryant: Remember Why We Are Doing All This

Oct 9, 2019

We welcome Kyle Bryant of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) to discuss his journey as a patient with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), as an active patient leader, and in his job as a liaison between the FA community and researchers. After being diagnosed with FA when only 17 years old,…

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Episode 1: David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSC, FCPP

Sep 25, 2019

Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action We are honored to have Dr. David Fajgenbaum as our first guest on Improbable Developments. His story is intense. Before he even earned is medical degree, he was faced by a rare life-threatening illness for which there was no…

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Welcome to Improbable Developments!

Sep 1, 2019

In this, our first episode, Kevin lays out the objectives and plan for the Improbable Developments podcast. He also shares a personal story about a medicine he worked on earlier in his career.

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News & Publications

Looking Back at Our Growth in 2019

By Kevin Freiert | Dec 10, 2019

Writing goals and expectations at the beginning of each year is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it is critical to provide some semblance of focus in the midst of all the activity around us.  On the other, when looking back we see just how uninformed we were.  Like trees,…

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Finding Our Crack in the Ice

By Kevin Freiert | Oct 8, 2019

She encouraged each of us to find our crack in the expansive ice of rare disease and drive a wedge into it. The effort of everyone continually working their own little crack (science, policy, direct experience, economics, medicine, fundraising, advocacy, or whatever) will eventually weaken the ice enough to shatter it. Together we can beat these diseases. This got me thinking about the contribution of Salem Oaks.

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Remember Why We Are Doing All This

By Kevin Freiert | Oct 7, 2019

Meet Kyle Bryant On our next episode of Improbable Developments we welcome Kyle Bryant of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) to discuss his journey as a patient with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), as an active patient leader, and in his job as a liaison between the FA community and researchers.…

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Anything but Ordinary

By Jamie Roger | Oct 3, 2019

Our experience at Global Genes Rare Patient Summit I think what needs to be pointed out in that title, is the word RARE.  This conference is anything but ordinary.  The attendees are amazing and consist of a diverse population of patients, experts, consultants, and advocates who are all teaming together…

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It’s your first day

By Jamie Roger | Sep 4, 2019

Right now, you are alone.  When a college student arrives on campus for their first day of freshman year, they are typically alone.  They haven’t yet found a close friend, they haven’t started classes yet to meet anyone, and their roommate is more than likely a stranger.  They are a…

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Back-to-School = Busy Schedules

By Kevin Freiert | Sep 4, 2019

I don’t know how this happens.  I haven’t been formally in school for 25 years, but my calendar seems totally unable to shake the habit of “getting ready” for the next academic year.     And the same seems to be true for Salem Oaks!  We have so much planned for…

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Coming Soon: Improbable Developments Podcast

By Kevin Freiert | Aug 30, 2019

The science of drug discovery and development creates a rich landscape for all sorts of stories to unfold.

Each month we are going to talk to someone who was in the trenches of R&D and let them tell their story. We’ll be talking about medicines you may know and some that never saw the light of day.

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

By Jamie Roger | Jul 19, 2019

WE STRIVE TO DO WORK THAT BENEFITS THE PATIENT+ COMMUNITY Salem Oaks is in the final stages of installing its first big wave of online learning modules.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can learn more at https://salemoaks.com/e-learning/ .  The modules that we have released thus far have…

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