30 October 2013
SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and Young Chemists' Panel
Kings College London
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This lecture will describe how molecules isolated from Nature have played a key role in many human activities from magic through to drugs. It will illustrate how chemistry and chemists have developed some of the modern medicines that society now depends on and which have enhanced life expectancy so spectacularly in the last 100 years.
The speaker, David Witty, became interested in chemistry as a school boy - to the dismay of his long suffering parents who on one occasion lost a coffee grinder, a shed roof, and very nearly their son, while he was trying to make gunpowder from household ingredients. Despite this inauspicious start, at university in Oxford he became interested in the chemistry of life and how synthetic molecules can improve health and cure diseases. He has worked in number of Pharmaceutical companies, including Reckitts and GlaxoSmithKline, and in 2010, together with former GSK colleagues, launched a new small biopharm company, Convergence Pharmaceuticals.
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