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Dr. Frank Gupton is chair of VCU’s Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and director of its Institute for Engineering in Medicine. His 30-year career has focused on the development of innovative chemical processes with pharmaceutical and agricultural applications. His work predicts a future where medications will be custom-formulated to match individual patients’ needs and manufactured on demand. These chemical processes have practical applications ranging from space travel to military use to treating AIDS on a global scale.

Frank’s research has also led to the development of chemical catalysts that streamline the body’s synthesis of the active ingredients in a particular medication. Already, these chemical innovations have created life-changing results. During his tenure as executive director of chemical processes for Boehringer Ingelheim, he spearheaded the development of the chemical process that brought Nevirapine, an anti-viral drug widely prescribed for the treatment of AIDS, to pharmacy shelves.

See Frank’s TEDxRVA 2013 talk here!