Published: 16 March 2015

Lecture: From punk-rock, to proteins

President and CEO of Astex Pharmaceuticals, Dr Harren Jhoti, will deliver the next lecture in the 2015 Science and Society series: From Punk-Rock to Proteins, in which he will explore his journey from failed rock star, to pharmaceutical entrepreneur.

Dr Jhoti co-founded Astex 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.

The lecture will take place in the Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, on Tuesday 17 March at 5.30pm. Admission is free but places must be booked in advance by calling 0151 794 2654, or by visiting the website here:

Future lectures in the Science and Society series include: Professor Trevor Wishart, University of Durham’s Composer-in-residence, who will discuss The Secret Resonance of Things; and the Director of the Head of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at UCL, Professor John Collinge, examining how well prepared we are for emerging diseases.

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