Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Omura, Satoshi (1935–)

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4130

Satoshi Ōmura is Professor Emeritus of Kitasato University and special coordinator of the Drug Discovery Project from Natural Products. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Tokyo in 1968 and in Chemistry from Tokyo University of Science in 1970. He was appointed Professor of School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kitasato University in 1975. He served as President of The Kitasato university from 1990 to 2008. His research interests are discovery of useful compounds from microorganisms, the biosynthesis and hybrid biosynthesis of new macrolide antibiotics, the breeding, genetic analysis, and mapping of Streptomyces avermectinius, the synthesis of novel semisynthetic macrolides, and the organic synthesis of new compounds. He is one of the fathers of very important anthelmintics of the avermectin group. For his detection he was honoured 2015 by the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology. He was a recipient of the Japan Academy Prize (1990), ACS Nakanishi Prize (2000), ACS Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products (2005), ICID Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award (2007), and many other awards at home and abroad. He is a member of German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (1992), National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. (1999), the Japan Academy (2001), Institut de France, Academie des Sciences (2002), Russian Academy of Sciences (2004), and Chinese Academy of Engineering (2005), and is an honorary member of Royal Society of Chemistry (2006).

Further Reading

  1. Grüntzig J, Mehlhorn H (2010) Expeditions into the empire of plagues. Düsseldorf University Press, Düsseldorf (Omura: chapter author)Google Scholar
  2. Ikeda H, Omura S (1997) Avermectin biosynthesis. Chem Rev 97:2591–2610Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany