Podcast, News & Publications
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
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…Read More
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…Read More
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
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
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
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
News & Publications
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…Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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
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. 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