Stewart Cole elected to French National Academy of Pharmacy

© 2015 EPFL

© 2015 EPFL

Professor Stewart Cole has been formally elected into the National Academy of Pharmacy in France as an Associate Member. Created August 3, 1803, the French National Academy of Pharmacy began life as the “Paris Pharmacy Company”, which was officially recognized as a charity in 1877. The organization grew into the “Academy of Pharmacy” on September 5, 1946, and took its final form on 9 October 1979.

The main aims of the French National Academy of Pharmacy are “to comprehend and examine all scientific, technical, legal, historical and ethical matters where can practice the skills of pharmacists, particularly those related to drug and other health products, biology, public health, including health and environmental issues”.

There are only ever thirty Associate Members, and the Academy has selected Professor Cole for his work on antibacterials and tuberculosis, which includes groundbreaking publications on the genomics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. His current work focuses on the development and clinical testing of novel antibiotics against M. tuberculosis, which currently accounts for 1.5 million deaths each year (source: WHO).

The election ceremony of Professor Cole took place on December 17, 2014.

Prof. Stewart Cole and Prof. Jean-Pierre Foucher, President of the ANP