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essor and associate director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; Greg Thatcher, professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy; Hayat Onyuksel, professor of biopharmaceutical sciences; and Richard Gemeinhart, associate professor of biopharmaceutical sciences.

The creation of the new center, Beck said, "will give us the potential to have a substantial impact on public health and bioterrorism."

"The College of Pharmacy's unique research capabilities, its legacy of innovation in the basic sciences and pharmaceutics, and its collaborative partnerships in the areas of human, non-human and plant genomics will contribute to the Institute for Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences being a national leader in the design, discovery, development and delivery of new medicines for the near future," said Beck.

The $880,000 in federal support was secured with the assistance of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.

"This grant is a practical expression of the need to recognize, utilize and enhance the resources of the public health sector to counteract terrorism and to address the multiplicity of health needs confronting our nation and the entire globe," Davis said. "The development of the Institute for Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences holds great promise and potential for all humankind."


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Contact: Sam Hostettler
samhos@uic.edu
312-355-2522
University of Illinois at Chicago
6-Aug-2007


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