From Punk-Rock to Proteins

In this lecture, Dr Harren Jhoti will explore his journey from failed rock star to pharmaceutical entrepreneur.

Dr Jhoti co-founded Astex Pharmaceuticals in 1999. During its early years, the company successfully raised more than £50 million from US and European venture capitalists and established multiple alliances with major pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline.

In 2007 he was named by the Royal Society of Chemistry as ‘Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year’ and was awarded the Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award for New Technologies in Drug Discovery by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry in 2012.

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