Science Cafe: Basic Science to Blockbuster Drug: Invention of Lyrica

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:30pm

Professor Rick Silverman, Department of Chemistry, came to Northwestern to carry out fundamental research on enzymes important to various diseases, but he never expected that it would actually lead to a FDA-approved blockbuster drug.  He will discuss how he got in the field of chemistry and his path to medicianal chemistry and Northwestern.

The story of the invention of Lyrica will be described and how it went from basic principles of chemistry and enzymology to technology transfer to industry parnership to commercialization. Questions regarding drugs and the drug development process are welcome.

Sponsored by Science Cafe Evanston

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