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b_b  ·  95 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski Jan 10, 2024

Looking forward to an adventurous 2024. I have a day job, but what I'm really interested in is a drug discovery company that I started on the side. In 2023 I hired a postdoc, and we've been working tirelessly to optimize a drug screening assay. On the downside, I was recently told by NSF that they're not going to fund a grant I applied for. It was disappointing news but not devastating. On the upside, our assay is running really well, and we're generating data every day at this point, which is wild. Wasn't 100% sure we'd get there with all the trouble it put us through. But that's science. Solve problem 1. Solve problem 2. Keep going until problem 300 is solved and you're in business. Big shoutout to kleinbl00 for recommending just trawling Indeed for resumes, as that's where I found my postdoc and I would be exactly nowhere without her. Money will quickly become an issue later this year, but I'm hopeful I can convince some investors that what we're doing is worthwhile. Wish me luck. It's quixotic, but the payoff in terms of how many people I think I can help keeps me excited to do the work every day.