BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sankyo Pharma Development is giving $120,000 to
the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences for graduate fellowships, as a response to the shortage of
qualified researchers in the study of body/drug interactions.
The gift will support stipends, tuition and research funding for
four students during the next four years.
"We are very pleased to provide financial support for graduate
fellowships to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,"
said Daniel Salazar, Ph.D. '89, executive director of clinical
pharmacology and pharmacokinetics at Sankyo. "We look forward to
the continued success of the school and collaborating with UB."
Sankyo Pharma Development of Edison, N.J., is a U.S. subsidiary
of Tokyo-based Sankyo Co., Ltd., the second-largest pharmaceutical
company in Japan. Researchers are focused on developing
breakthrough therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular
conditions, metabolic disorders, infection and cancer.
"The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences trains graduate
students in areas such as drug delivery, drug metabolism,
pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics," said
William J. Jusko, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department.
"These are all related to how the body handles drugs and how drugs
produce therapeutic and toxic effects."
Noting that "there is a shortage of scientists in these areas,"
Wayne K. Anderson, dean of the pharmacy school, said "many people
in the pharmaceutical industry are looking for ways to help
universities train more students. We are grateful that Sankyo has
directed some of its resources to help UB students train in these
Last year Sankyo gave $100,000 to UB's School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences to support its teaching, training and
research, as well as for equipment purchases in the Department of
Ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the United States and
considered one of the most prestigious, the School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences was founded in 1886, and is the
second-oldest component of the University at Buffalo. It is the
only pharmacy school in the State University of New York