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Prof Chris McGuigan  -  BSc PhD

Prof. Chris McGuigan

Career Profile

After a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Birmingham University I carried out post-doctoral research in Edmonton, Alberta, followed by a demonstratorship at Exeter. My first faculty post was at UCL followed by Southampton University, and I came to Cardiff in 1994. In 2002 I was elected to the Board of the International Society for Antiviral Research and subsequently to the post of President-elect (2004-6) and President (2006-8). I sat on the RAE panel for Pharmacy in 2001 and again for 2008 and the REF panel for allied Health 2012-13.  I was PVC for Research at Cardiff 2012-13 and now Chair of the Life Science HUB.

Awards and Prizes

 Appointed Chair of Life Sciences HUB Wales Ltd.

 Appointed by Economy Minister to lead the Life Sciences HUB task force.

Inspire Wales Winner in the category of Science and Technology.

•  Cardiff University, Innovation Award.

 Finalist for THES RCUK Awards

•  The 2008 Innovation Prize was awarded to the Welsh School of Pharmacy and American-based pharmaceutical company Inhibitex Inc for their work in developing and trialling a new treatment for shingles.

•   Royal Society of Chemistry Industry and Technology Forum Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Highly Commended Chris McGuigan for the pre-clinical and clinical development of a new family of anti-viral agents.  'Discovery for Viruses and Cancer', RSC Innovation Awards 2006.  Chris McGuigan and Jon Dickens, Cardiff ProTides Limited.

•   Prof Chris McGuigan was recently announced as the 2005 winner of Royal Society of Chemistry Industrially-sponsored Award in Medicinal Chemistry.  This award is given every 3 years for outstanding contributions to medicinal chemistry. The citation reads 'For impressive contributions to antiviral and anti-cancer medicinal chemistry, and to innovative pro-drug methods, that have lead to clinical candidate drugs'.

•   GlaxoSmithKline International Achievement Award 2004 presented at BPC, Manchester.

•   WDA Technology Prize for Health and Life Sciences.

•   International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) Prusoff Prize.