Where The Beach Boys Meet Science

The Beach Boys

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older?

then we wouldn’t have to wait so long.

Meet

@scientistlady I wish I could publish all of my negative results, if only to save others from running into the same dead ends that I have.

Okay, maybe a far-fetched connection, but the Beach boys went to my high school and played at our prom.  So when I first read @scientistlady’s tweet today I thought, “yeah, wouldn’t it be nice” and the rest is history.

But wouldn’t it be?

Having been in the biotech space for the last 20 years and witnessed the enormous amount of money poured into R&D budgets it would be nice if we shared more.  I can only imagine how a clearing house for scientific research that never led to a peer reviewed publication could help other scientists get to the answer more quickly.  I don’t know how it would work, but it sure would be useful.

I’ve never been in a partnering discussion over technology where one of the parties didn’t say, “yeah, we tried that but it didn’t work”, or “what we found was that if you put…”.  Needless to say that’s why partnerships occur.

We (as in companies) don’t like to share failure.  And, we would rather let it sit on the shelf than let anyone else see it because we paid for it.  Odd but true.  All those notebooks laid end to end would wrap around the sun.  Even without sharing the pace of technology continues to increase.  Imagine if we shared.

Wouldn’t it be nice?


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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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