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Nicholas Lydon


Nicholas Lydon

Nicholas Lydon
Born (1957-02-27) February 27, 1957 (age 57)
Institutions Amgen
Alma mater University of Leeds (undergraduate)
University of Dundee (postgraduate)
Thesis (1982)
Known for Gleevec
BluePrint Medicines
Notable awards Lasker Clinical Award (2009)
Japan Prize (2012)
Fellow of the Royal Society (2013)

Nicholas B. Lydon FRS (born 27 February 1957) is a British scientist and entrepreneur.[1] In 2009 he was awarded the Lasker Clinical Award and in 2012 the Japan Prize for the development of Gleevec, a selective BCR-ABL inhibitor for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); converting a fatal cancer into a manageable chronic condition.[2][3][4][5] [6][7]


Lydon was educated at Strathallan School near Perth, Scotland.[8] He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, England in 1978 and received his Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 1982.[9][8]


In 1982 Lydon accepted a position with Schering-Plough based in France as Charge de Recherche.[3] Three years later he moved to Switzerland to work with Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals, with whom he developed Gleevec.[8] In 1997 he established Kinetex Pharmaceuticals in Boston which was acquired by Amgen in 2000, with whom he worked until 2002.[8] Thereafter, he established several companies that continue to develop drugs to treat various conditions.[8]

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