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Roger Williams to present 2010 Kenneth L. Waters lecture at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Dr. Roger Williams, chief executive officer of the United States Pharmacopeia will present the 2010 Kenneth L. Waters lecture at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Pharmacy South Auditorium Room 101. The lecture, “The Scylla of access versus the Charybdis of innovation: What is a poor Pharmacopeia to do?” is free and open to the public.

The United States Pharmacopeia is a non-governmental, official public standards-setting authority for prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. As USP’s CEO, Williams provides strategic leadership for USP at the direction of its board of trustees and serves as chair of the council of experts, USP’s scientific standards-setting body, which continuously revises the United States Pharmacopeia, National Formulary and the Food Chemicals Codex. He also leads USP’s outreach efforts to many national and internal bodies who share USP’s public health mission.

Williams was trained at Oberlin College and at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He served in the United States Army first in Korea and then at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he conducted anti-malarial drug research. Prior to working at USP, Williams worked in academia and at the Food and Drug Administration.

Williams is a board-certified internist and clinical pharmacologist and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He received the U.S. Army Award of Merit and many awards while at FDA. In addition he is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, an expert member of the International Pharmacy Federation Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the USP representative at the World Health Organization. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications on many topics, focusing on applied regulatory and compendial science.