Akira Endo

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Akira Endo
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Dr. Endo
Born (1933-11-14) 14 November 1933 (age 85)
Alma materTohoku University,
Known fordiscovering the first statin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), paving the way for statin drug development
AwardsHeinrich Wieland Prize (1987)
Japan Prize (2006)
Massry Prize (2006)
Lasker Award (2008)
National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012)
Canada Gairdner International Award (2017)
Scientific career
InstitutionsSankyo Co., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Akira Endo (遠藤 章, Endō Akira, born 14 November 1933) is a Japanese biochemist. He is known for his research into the relationship between fungi and cholesterol biosynthesis led to the development of statin drugs.

He received the Japan Prize in 2006,[1] the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2008,[2] the Canada Gairdner International Award in 2017.

References[change | change source]

  1. The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan. Japan Prize official release Archived 2007-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 21 June 2006
  2. Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, 2008: Akira Endo