From Medicinal Chemist to Diversity Champion. Fireside Chat with Lamont Terrell

Thursday 20 October 2022
17:00 - 18:00 (UK time)

In our Fireside Chat series, FPM welcomes inspirational speakers.

We open the floor, and allow them to talk about their career, their passions, and the things that they believe are important to advance the science and practice of pharmaceutical medicine.

In this Fireside Chat, to mark Black History Month (October 2022), our chief executive Dr Marcia Philbin will host special guest Dr Lamont Terrell.

After pursuing organic chemistry in his academic studies, Dr Terrell joined GSK in 2003 where he worked in medicinal chemistry for 14 years.

In 2017 his focus turned to supporting under-represented communities to engage with science and technology, and he became lead of GSK’s Inclusion and Diversity programme. He is responsible now for developing and implementing the Inclusion & Diversity strategy for the global business.

We are delighted that Dr Terrell will join us at this special event to talk to us about his career, focusing on his equality, diversity and inclusion work at GSK.

This meeting is free to attend and will be held on Zoom.


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Dr Lamont Terrell

Dr Terrell graduated salutatorian from Texas Southern University as a Fredrick Douglas honour scholar earning a B.S degree in chemistry in 1995. In 2001, he earned his PhD in organic chemistry from Michigan State University which he followed with two years postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.  Dr Terrell moved to GSK in 2003 as a medicinal chemist where he focused primarily on the synthesis of small molecules for cardiovascular disease targets for the next 11 years.    In 2014, Dr Terrell joined the Flexible Discovery Unit Medicinal Chemistry Center of Excellence as a Team Leader to support late-stage high priority projects in reaching their drug discovery milestones.  In 2022 Dr Terrell became the first African-American to be elected to chair the American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Division in its 110-year history. The division has a membership of 10,000 from around the globe.

Dr Terrell is committed to supporting under-represented communities to engage with science and technology so in 2017, he decided to step away from medicinal chemistry to lead GSK’s Inclusion and Diversity programme.  He is responsible now for developing and implementing the Inclusion & Diversity strategy for the global business.

Find out more about Dr Terrell’s career journey in this ACS article published in June 2022.

Lamont Terrell
Dr Lamont Terrell

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