BASIC science to blockbuster drug: invention of lYRICA

Professor Rick Silverman, PhD

Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

Rick Silverman 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 into the field of chemistry and his path to medicinal 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 partnership to commercialization. Questions regarding drugs and the drug development process are welcome.

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TUESDAY, April 14, 2015
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

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Basic Science to Blockbuster Drug: Invention of Lyrica
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Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible - much more so than a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!


Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.


Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.


Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.


6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202


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