From Seaside to Bedside: Dedicated to Professor José María Fernández Sousa-Faro

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Pharmacology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 618

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Research & Development Area, Pharmamar S.A. Pol. Ind. La Mina Norte, Avda. de los Reyes 1, 28770 Colmenar Viejo, Spain
Interests: marine natural products
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1. School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
2. Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: antimicrobial peptides; solid-phase chemistry; combinatorial chemistry; drug delivery systems; peptide drug conjugates; orthogonal chemistry; drug discovery; biomaterials
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Dear Colleagues,

Professor José María Fernández Sousa-Faro has a degree in Chemistry (1967) and a doctorate in Biochemistry (1971) from Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Between 1971 and 1979, he was a tenured professor and subsequently held the position of Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Madrid) and was awarded Spain’s National Biotechnology Prize, both in 2009.

Between 1967 and 1979, he worked at the following institutions: Institut für Physikalische Chemie at the University of Basel (Switzerland), Department of Molecular Biology at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri (USA),  L’Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique at Fondation Edmond de Rothschild in Paris (France), and the research laboratories of ICI Pharmaceuticals Division, Alderley Edge, and Shell in Sittingbourne (UK).

He has over 100 academic publications and patents in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and anti-infective and anti-tumor drugs, and a worldwide reputation.

Between 1979 and 1985, Professor Fernández Sousa-Faro was Research Director at Antibióticos S.A.

In 1986, Professor Fernández Sousa-Faro founded PharmaMar S.A. in Spain, as a unique pioneering company with an international presence, inspired by marine exploration to discover novel medicines, first for oncology and more recently for fighting viral infections. 

PharmaMar S.A. was the first company in the world to market a marine-derived anticancer drug and has successfully brought three marine-derived drugs to the oncology market, Yondelis® (trabectedin), Zepzelca® (lurbinectedin), and Aplidin® (plitidepsin), with several more in clinical development as part of its discovery pipeline.

Professor Fernández Sousa-Faro has been, and continues to be, a visionary about the impact of science in society; “The sea is the inspiration, the science is the motor, and the patients are the motivation”.

Professor Fernández Sousa-Faro has successfully pioneered multiple successful private–public partnerships and created a network of hundreds of collaborators across the five continents.

In this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, his scientific collaborators, but also friends, want to pay tribute to the scientist, the entrepreneur, and the remarkable man, Professor José María Fernández Sousa-Faro.

Dr. Carmen Cuevas
Prof. Dr. Fernando Albericio
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  • marine natural products
  • marine pharmacology
  • marine-derived drugs
  • anti-infective drugs
  • anti-tumor drugs

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