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Open Mic Science

December 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

8pm the First Tuesday of every month.

“Open Mic Science” invites the community to an evening at The Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island to explore ideas in all aspects of science and technology in an informal, social setting. Talks are held the first Tuesday of every month at 8 PM. Enjoy pizza and beer, and stay abreast of current knowledge. Open Mic Science, A Bainbridge Science Café, is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique and is committed to the public understanding of science.



8:00 pm on December 5, 2017
Presenter – Dirk Smith

Dear OMS Subscribers,

Our December speaker is Dirk Smith. Dirk has worked in the biotech and drug discovery fields for over 20 years. Until 2015, he worked in early discovery for Inflammatory diseases as a Scientific Director at Amgen. He was responsible for leading basic research in human immunology, developing target rationales and identifying lead molecules to advance into clinical testing. Prior to Amgen, Dirk worked at Immunex, where he mined the then-new human genome to clone novel immune molecules. He also spent 5 years in basic research labs at Fred Hutch. Dirk has a B.S. in microbiology from WSU and a M.S. in Genetics from UNH.

Dirk is currently founder of Insight BioConsulting and co-founder of the Cascadia Drug Development Group.

Topic: How Drugs are Discovered 

Abstract: Dirk will share an insider’s view of the complex world of drug discovery- everything from how targets are selected to what it takes to get approval for human testing. He’ll talk about the difference between small molecules and biologics, how therapeutic rationales are established and why drugs are so expensive (and cost so much to develop). Bring your questions!




Intellectual curiosity required.

No specific science knowledge needed.

All talks are Free.  All Ages Welcome. Discussion, Questions and Comments Encouraged.

For details about the Science Café program on Bainbridge Island, Open Mic Science, please check out website:


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