PALO ALTO, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anacor Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANAC) today announced that its co-founder and board member, Dr. Lucy Shapiro was named as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.
“Anacor congratulates Lucy on this tremendous achievement,” said David Perry, Anacor’s Chief Executive Officer. “Lucy’s groundbreaking research contributed to the creation of Anacor’s technology platform which has resulted in eight drug candidates that are currently in development.”
Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research and Director of the Beckman Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Shapiro is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for her work in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology. She was elected to the American Philosophical Society and received the Selman Waksman Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. She was a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline from 2001 to 2006 and is on the board of Gen-Probe, Inc. and Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. She received a B.S. from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
About Anacor Pharmaceuticals
Anacor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel small-molecule therapeutics derived from its boron chemistry platform. Anacor has discovered eight compounds that are currently in development. Its two lead product candidates are topically administered dermatologic compounds — tavaborole, a topical antifungal for the treatment of onychomycosis, and AN2728, a topical anti-inflammatory PDE-4 inhibitor for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. In addition to its two lead programs, Anacor has discovered three other wholly-owned clinical product candidates — AN2718 and AN2898, which are backup compounds to tavaborole and AN2728, respectively, and AN3365 (formerly known as GSK2251052, or GSK ‘052), a systemic antibiotic for the treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria, which previously was licensed to GlaxoSmithKline LLC, or GSK. GSK will be returning all rights to the compound to us and we are considering our options for further development, if any, of this compound. We have discovered three other compounds that we have out-licensed for further development — two compounds for the treatment of animal health indications that are licensed to Eli Lilly and Company and AN5568, also referred to as SCYX-7158, for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT, or sleeping sickness), which is licensed to Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, or DNDi. We also have a pipeline of other internally discovered topical and systemic boron-based compounds in development. For more information, visit http://www.anacor.com.