DNA Pioneer Watson to speak at LIU gala

September 13, 2013 LIU School of Pharmacy
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Nobel Prize winner James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, will be the keynote speaker at the LIU Pharmacy (Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) Gala on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel.

Dr. Leon Lachman, chairman of the board of Lachman Consultants, chancellor of LIU Pharmacy and a Long Island University trustee, will be honored with the LIU Pharmacy Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is located on LIU’s Downtown Brooklyn campus.

The funds from the dinner will augment Dr. Lachman’s personal philanthropy of $1 million to establish the Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis at LIU, which will support faculty research, foster graduate-level training and provide a venue for industry-supported research.

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Herbert J. Conrad ’54, ’60, former president of Roche USA, has made a gift of $500,000 to the institute, which will feature analytical expertise capable of providing contract services and supporting the development of new academic offerings in quality control and assurance. Conrad is a member of the LIU Pharmacy Board of Overseers.

The uinstitute has attracted the support of pharmacy and allied health companies worldwide, notably Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Cipla Limited and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. Other sponsors include B. Braun Medical Inc., Actavis, Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc., Claris Lifesciences, Cardinal Health, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals and Becton Dickinson.

Detailed information about the gala can be found at www.liupharmacygala.org.

Dr. Watson won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1962 along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for their investigation of the structure of DNA. In 1953, Watson and Crick proposed the double helix as the physical shape of DNA.

Dr. Lachman, who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree and served as the commencement speaker at the 2012 LIU Pharmacy commencement ceremonies, has played a seminal role in professionalizing the delivery of therapeutic care in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1978, he founded Lachman Consultants, which has become one of the largest and most influential firms in its field, providing technical and regulatory expertise to pharmaceutical and allied health companies around the world.

“For more than four decades, Dr. Lachman has helped shape the way pharmaceuticals are developed and produced, and has devoted his time, talents and resources to help prepare the next generation of pharmacy professionals to make significant contributions to the community,” said Stephen M. Gross, dean of LIU Pharmacy.

Since 2008, Dr. Lachman has shared his expertise with Long Island University, serving in various capacities, including trustee and chair of LIU Pharmacy’s Council of Overseers. He also has supported the institution through his philanthropy by creating the Lachman Family Endowed Scholarship and providing a leadership gift to establish the Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis.

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