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'From Molecules to Medicine: How Drug Design Inspires Chemical Innovation' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"From Molecules to Medicine: How Drug Design Inspires Chemical Innovation" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Samuel Tartakoff at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the Rushton Conference Room in the Best Western University Inn, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y. and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Samuel TartakoffWe currently have access to a growing list of medicines that are as diverse as the diseases they are designed to treat. But even as we find new answers for previously debilitating illnesses, the cost of many medicines keeps increasing, limiting the accessibility to the drugs needed for treatment. This paradox leaves many seeking alternative therapies, while others become engaged in fierce debates about pricing and regulation. Join the discussion with Tartakoff as he looks at the process by which new medicines are discovered, how it fuels chemical innovation, and where that leaves us as consumers.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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