The Temple University School of Pharmacy Establishes the Magid Abou-Gharbia Endowed Fund to Support Medicinal Chemistry

The Temple University School of Pharmacy has launched a fundraising campaign in honor of Magid Abou-Gharbia, PhD, FRSC to support medicinal chemistry. We invite all members of our communities to donate in tribute to Dr. Abou-Gharbia. 

The campaign is an acknowledgment of Dr. Abou-Gharbia’s contributions to the School and University, the pharmaceutical industry, and the Philadelphia chemistry research community. The School will apply funds raised to the advancement of medicinal chemistry education and research. 

Dr. Abou-Gharbia has played a role in the careers of countless professionals across the industrial and academic communities. In his 26 years with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Abou-Gharbia and his teams discovered numerous marketed drugs, including Effexor™ (Venlafaxine®), Torisel™ (temsirolimus®), Sonata™ (Zaleplon®), and Tygacil™ (Tigecycline®). 

After his retirement from Wyeth in 2008, Dr. Abou-Gharbia joined the Temple University School of Pharmacy as a professor of medicinal chemistry. He led the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research for 12 years. Under his leadership, the Moulder Center carried out projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and multiple private foundations. Dr. Abou-Gharbia stepped down as director in July 2020 and remains on the faculty. 

Dr. Abou-Gharbia has been instrumental in establishing programs that promote the importance of chemistry, such as the American Chemical Society’s Heroes of Chemistry award and the Pharma Leaders Conference. He has received awards for his scientific discoveries and leadership, including the Grand Hamadan Award in Drug Discovery (2014), ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award for the discoveries of Effexor (2014) and Torisel (2008), the ACS Henry Whalen Jr. Award in Business Development (2011), the Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry (2008). He was inducted into the ACS Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame in 2008.

To contribute, click to donate to the Magid Abou-Gharbia Endowed Fund online now or contact Christopher Van Vessem, Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, at