Discovery, development and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs

Friday January 24, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Jeff Manthorpe 

Topic: Discovery, development and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs


Have you ever wondered why pharmaceuticals cost so much? Where do they come from? How are they discovered? What has to be done before they can be prescribed? Why do we have many drugs for certain medical problems and virtually none for other ailments? This lecture will address all of these issues and provide an overview of the drug discovery process, from the understanding of a disease to the drug arriving on the market.

Speaker’s Profile:

Jeff Manthorpe was born and spent most of his youth in Belleville, Ontario.

In 1994, he started a B.Sc. in biomedical science at the University of Guelph, with the goal of becoming a dentist. We should all be thankful that he decided instead to follow his passion and switched to chemistry instead.

In 2003, he graduated with a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from McGill University and moved to Zurich to carry out postdoctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

In 2006, he became a professor at Carleton University and carries out research in several areas, including organosulfur chemistry, improving chemical sensors, and improving the analysis of biological molecules to aid disease detection.

He is also active in chemistry outreach and continues the tradition started by Professor Wiles of hosting chemistry magic shows for the public.

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