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Medicinal Chemist

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~ At the start of a day, a medicinal chemist often prepares new notebook experiments~ They set up reactions, monitor experiment progress, and analyze their data~ The day also consists of discussions with senior chemists in order to develop new synthetic approaches and prepare progress presentations~ They also often attend meetings with other medicinal chemistsGeneral overview ~ Basic research into how various chemicals affect biological systems.~ Drug develpment, including formulating drugs used to treat patients with diseases. ~ Testing potential new bio-active compounds in patient populations.

- A score higher than 70% for the American Chemical Society (ACS) exam in Organic Chemistry. - Must have drug synthesis elective and achieve a B or better. -50% or higher for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) subject exam in Biochem, Cell and Molecular Biology. - Pass 4 of 7 written cumulative exams by the end of the fourth semester. - The required courses to become a medicinal chemist include Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology - It costs around $20,000 a year just to take the college courses. - Generally, pharmaceutical companies prefer to hire people with research experience, advanced degrees (especially in organic chemistry), and at least two years of post-doctoral experience (www.acs.org)

~ The average starting salary of a medicinal chemist is between $37,520 and $56,280~ The median annual wage is around $107,000.~ The top chemist in this field makes around $180,000.~ The larger the copmany that a medicinal chemist works for, the more benefits he will receive ~ Medical benefits include free medications, and coverage of hospital services~ Retrirement benefits include a 401k retirement saving plan as well as a profit sharing plan. Contribution is fully paid by the ACC (American Chemistry council) in both. They also can receive up to 6% compensation of their normal salary~ Fringe benefits can include paid time off, and partial coverage of commuting costs

Job opportunities The number of medicinal chemists is predicted to raise by 6% by 2016. There are many job opportunities out there, but all require the training stated above. Companies look for synthetic organic chemistry skills, broad understanding of biology, how drugs work and much more.Many Medicinal chemists start out in the lab and then move on to other laboratory careers such as process chemistry, and formulation chemistry. The United States is not Medicinal chemist deprived, nor is it overflowing. For example, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical research is seeking a medicinal chemist on www.biospace.com


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