2021 Plenary Keynote Program

Join colleagues from around the world for the Discovery on Target Plenary Keynote Program. Bridging both halves of the event, it's the only time our whole community of drug discovery professionals assembles together to learn about big-picture perspectives, innovative technologies, and thought-provoking trends from luminaries in the field.


Robert J. Lefkowitz, MDRobert J. Lefkowitz, MD
James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute



Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD is best known for showing how adrenaline works via stimulation of specific receptors. He and Brian Kobilka, a postdoctoral fellow in his lab in the 1980s, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for their work on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Dr. Lefkowitz has spent 53 years as a researcher, of which 48 have been at the Duke University Medical Center. He has been Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1976. Dr. Lefkowitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His numerous awards include the National Medal of Science and the Canada Gairdner International Award. In 2021 Dr. Lefkowitz published A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, described by his publisher as a "rollicking memoir from the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize that revels in the joy of science and discovery."


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