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About the Speaker

TAREK S. MANSOUR, PhD

Dr. Tarek Mansour received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1977), M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. (1979), a Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, U.S.A. (1982) and a diploma in Applied Management from McGill University, Canada (1993). Following postdoctoral tenure at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Mansour moved to McGill University in 1985 as a research associate in the immunomedicinal chemistry chair.

Dr. Mansour’s industrial career started in 1989 with BioChem Pharma in Quebec; after which he joined Wyeth-Ayerst in 1997 as Assistant Vice-President to direct the medicinal chemistry efforts at the site in Pearl River, NY. In 2009, his responsibilities were expanded to head the Chemical Sciences at four discovery sites in the USA, as well as CRO support in India. After the Wyeth acquisition by Pfizer, Dr. Mansour became the Executive Vice-President of R&D for Xenon Pharmaceuticals in British Columbia, Canada until January 2013. Dr. Mansour’s expertise spans multiple therapeutic areas including anti-infectives, oncology, inflammatory, metabolic, cardiovascular and pain. Under his leadership, several compounds have progressed to various stages of clinical evaluation including FDA approvals and late stage development. Dr. Mansour has served as a JSC member of several steering committees in alliances. Dr. Mansour’s scientific contributions have been recognized in a number of invited presentations and lectures. He has co-authored over 138 scientific articles, and has been named inventor on 55 United States issued patents and many patents worldwide. He serves on several scientific advisory boards and has served as co-editor in chief of Current Medicinal Chemistry Anti-infective Agents. He has been a recipient of several awards, including the Prix Galien Canada for research, Scripps Award, Distinguished Arts and Science Award, and Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. Dr. Mansour is a member of both the American Chemical Society and Canadian Chemical Society.