At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe makes a good point about the current state of outsourcing large-scale chemical production work to today's cheaper economies, like China and India:  it's not going to go away and medicinal chemists need to start expanding their idea of what it means to be a good drug discoverer. Generating ideas, doing harder chemistry, and offering top-notch communication and collaboration skills are part of it, he says.

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