LAS Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series to address drug discovery

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Dr. Carl Decicco, senior vice president, Discovery Chemistry, Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), will be the inaugural speaker for the Rowan University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series when he discusses “Innovation in Drug Discovery” on Friday, Jan. 29, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in Room 126 of Science Hall.

Dr. Carl Decicco, senior vice president, Discovery Chemistry, Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), will be the inaugural speaker for the Rowan University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series when he discusses “Innovation in Drug Discovery” on Friday, Jan. 29, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in Room 126 of Science Hall.

The lecture will highlight innovation in the discovery of new drugs for the treatment of human disease.  Decicco’s presentation will focus on an important area of small molecule discovery from lead-seeking activities, chemical optimization, the application of methods in structural biology and computer-assisted drug design as well as techniques to identify safe compounds with suitable pharmacological properties for human testing.

Decicco leads an organization that is responsible for the conceptualization, chemical synthesis and optimization of compounds to derive clinical candidates for human testing. He has oversight of chemistry programs in multiple therapeutic areas of interest to BMS as well as strategic responsibilities as a member of the Research and Development Executive committee.

During his 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Decicco has led teams that have advanced several candidates to human testing and participated in programs leading to the advancement of late-stage compounds currently in development.

Decicco joined BMS with the 2001 acquisition of DuPont Pharmaceuticals, where he had worked in positions of increasing responsibility since 1991. Before moving into industry, he was an assistant professor of chemistry at Memorial University in Canada.  Decicco completed post-doctoral studies in synthetic organic chemistry at Harvard University with Nobel laureate Professor E.J. Corey, was a teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia and earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

This event is free and open to the to public. For more information, contact Kristen diNovi, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, at dinovi@rowan.edu.

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