Dr. Richard B. Silverman, the John Evans Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, will be the featured speaker at an all-college seminar scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8.
Silverman will discuss "Drug Discovery: Ingenuity or Serendipity?" at the seminar that begins at 2 pm in PHR 3.106. The Dean's Office and the Division of Medicinal Chemistry are sponsors of the free event that is open to the public.
The featured presenter has published almost 300 research articles, holds 45 domestic and foreign patents, and has written four books. He is the inventor of Lyrica, a drug marketed by Pfizer for epilepsy, enuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia.
He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University (1968) and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University (1974). He has received numerous awards including, most recently in 2011, the E.B. Hershberg Award for Important Discoveries in Medicinally Active Substances from the American Chemical Society. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society.