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Burack Lecture Series - Paul Reider

Mar 12, 2014
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Davis Auditorium at FAHC

"Chemistry in Service to Society: 35 Years of Success and Failure in Bringing New Medicines to the Patients who Need Them," Dr. Paul Reider, Former Vice President of Process Research at Merck, Former Worldwide Head of Chemistry Research & Discovery at Amgen, Currently Pharmaceutical Specialist and Lecturer at Princeton University

Many people have forgotten that Science is a noble endeavor. I have had the great privilege of doing something I love for more than 35 years and, in doing so, having some small impact on human health. This talk is a reflection of the ups and downs, the successes and failures and the work yet left to do for a chemist trying to fight disease.

At times those efforts resembled Sisyphus, rolling a giant boulder uphill, only to have it fall back down. Never the less, 14 molecules actually made it to become drugs. Their stories contain lessons of what (and what not) to do. The discussion will range from antibiotics, anti-virals, and anti-fungals to treatments for asthma, hypertension, migraine and cancer and then, like Sisyphus? boulder return again to antibiotics. Recent successes (and failures) in the fight against TB and malaria will be highlighted.

Reception to immediately follow in the Davis Auditorium Concourse.

For ADA accomodations please contact Conference and Event Services in advance of the event at 802-656-5665 or

Free parking available in the Jeffords and Watertower Parking Lots.

Price: Free
Sponsor: Chemistry

For more information, contact Jose Madalengoitia at (802) 656-8247 or

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