I'm Dr. Jim Olson, my team and I developed a cancer drug from scorpion venom. Now we're making 10,000 drug candidates in a month, inspired by sunflowers, violets, spiders, and such.
As a pediatric oncologist for two decades, I'm inspired by the kids I care for to discover effective drugs for cancer and incurable disease. Our Tumor Paint, the scorpion-derived cancer drug goes to clinical trial in a few months ( http://en.reddit.com/r/science/comments/137ez3/injecting_brain_tumor_patients_with_israeli/). Inspired by a generous and lovingly sassy little red haired girl, we launched Project Violet (www.projectviolet.org), a citizen science project in which the public takes a seat in drug discovery - a process that is usually behind closed doors with investor needs at the forefront.