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Lipitor inventor to be featured speaker at College of Pharmacy’s Chu Lectureship

Bruce D. Roth, the inventor of the cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor, will be the featured speaker at the UGA College of Pharmacy’s annual Chu Lectureship.

Open to the public, the lecture will be held March 29 at 11 a.m. in the college’s Pharmacy South auditorium (Room 101). Roth, the senior vice president of Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Genentech Research and Early Development, will discuss “The Discovery and Development of Lipitor: Would Anyone Make this Molecule Today?” A reception will precede the event at 10:30 a.m.

Hosted by the College of Pharmacy’s pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences department, the Chu Lectureship brings internationally recognized leaders in drug discovery to UGA. It honors the accomplishments and contributions of David C.K. Chu, a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the College of Pharmacy, who joined the faculty in 1982. Chu was named UGA’s “Inventor of the Year” in 2002 for the discovery of clevudine, a treatment for hepatitis B.