Image source: Temple University’s website (Ryan S. Brandenberg)
SASTA board member Dr. Magid Abu Gharbia was honored with the Grand Hamdan International Award in Drug Discovery in recognition of Abou-Gharbia’s outstanding contributions and pioneering work in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Being the holder of more than 350 drug discovery patents worldwide, he was also recently named the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Educator/Researcher of the Year and was the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2014 Heroes of Chemistry award for his team’s discovery of the antidepressant Effexor. He is director of the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in Temple’s School of Pharmacy and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and associate Dean for research at the School of Pharmacy.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the many talented and motivated scientists that I have had the good fortunate to work with over the last few decades,” said Abou-Gharbia. “Over the years, I have dedicated my career working in drug discovery to help alleviate patients’ suffering through the identifications of novel therapeutics for treating various diseases.”