Skip to content

Podcast, News & Publications

Oak Tree

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

News & Publications

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

But what does it mean to educate a patient?

By Heather McCullen | Apr 30, 2019

Many individuals and organizations, including Salem Oaks, talk about patient education and health literacy. But what does it mean to educate a patient? Is the opposite of an educated patient an uneducated patient? Last month Salem Oaks presented a panel discussionat Patients as Partnersin Philadelphia. The objective of the session was to…

Read More

UPDATE: Online Course Library Grows

By Kevin Freiert | Apr 26, 2019

Salem Oaks’ portfolio of online courses is growing rapidly. Since last month, we launched two new modules in the R&D decision-making series, bringing the total to four. Check them out and see where we are going next!

Read More

Final Installment of Open Water Sets Sail

By Kevin Freiert | Apr 15, 2019

The fourth module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. focuses on the decisions required for Phase 1 Clinical Studies. The stakes are higher as people participate in the studies. These first studies establish a beachhead that will allow the team to learn more and more about the compound. It gets pretty exciting!

Read More

Open Water Part 2: Discovery and Pre-Clinical Research

By Kevin Freiert | Apr 5, 2019

Salem Oaks is proud to launch the third module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development.  The underlying goal of this series is to help equip you to be part of a Research and Development Team.   The first module, Decisions Decisions, gave a high-level overview of…

Read More