Magid Abou-Gharbia honored by American Chemical Society

Magid Abou-Gharbia, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, was one of five former Wyeth (now Pfizer) scientists to be honored with the American Chemical Society’s 2014 Heroes of Chemistry award. He and his colleagues were recognized for their discovery of the antidepressant Effexor, regarded as a breakthrough therapy for depression, which has benefited over 25 million patients worldwide. Abou-Gharbia, who is also associate dean for research and director of the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in the School of Pharmacy, was formerly senior vice president and head of chemical and screening sciences at Wyeth.