Podcast, News & Publications

Oak Tree with Twisted Branches

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

Episode 6: Robert Weker Against All Odds

Feb 11, 2020

Rob Weker’s story is remarkable for many reasons. First and foremost, he has beaten cancer.  Not once. Not twice. But three times.  Getting the third diagnosis, this time it was pancreatic cancer, really got his attention. Only 7% of pancreatic patients live beyond 5-years. I met Rob at last year’s Patients…

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Carol Marzetta: Living to Help Other People

Jan 14, 2020

This month listen to Dr. Carol Marzetta talk about how the urge to help other people has shaped her career and her life. From her earliest days as a Discovery Biologist, she has found her passion in work that tries to help people in need. She shares with us some stories about…

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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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Improbable Developments: The human stories behind the medicines

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

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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Firmly Rooted

By Kevin Freiert | Jul 9, 2019

We dare to imagine a world in which people are equipped to collaborate to successfully shape the health ecosystem of the future.  There is an awful lot of thought behind the mission of Salem Oaks.  I’d like to take a few minutes to pull it apart and offer what we…

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Don’t Miss This Rare Chance to Learn

By Kevin Freiert | Jun 4, 2019

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog singing the praises of the Rare Drug Development Symposium co-sponsored by Global Genes and the Orphan Disease Center at the University of Penn.  In my opinion, there were three defining characteristics of this event that set it apart from the rest.…

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Summer Reading: Books That Matter

By Kevin Freiert | Jun 4, 2019

What makes a good story? I have recently had the opportunity to read several books written by people who are faced with some sort of medical adversity.  This has only reinforced my love for a good story, especially one that teaches lessons beyond the action.  Each of these books started…

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Lost is a Starting Point.

By Jamie Roger | May 17, 2019

Lost is a starting point. It’s okay to be lost and not in control.  But nothing is going to change if you don’t start.  Start talking to someone, start educating yourself, start finding other people who may be lost.  The most valuable component of your mental health is being aware…

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