A nationally-renowned medical researcher will be featured in next month’s issue of GQ Magazine as a Rock Star of Science.
Dr. Frank L. Douglas says the honor was unexpected, but “a thrill.”
Douglas, 67, is founder and CEO of the Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron.
Since joining ABIA in September 2009, Douglas has led an organization that is working to improve the health and economy of the region through an unmatched alignment of institutional, state, federal and philanthropic support.
Douglas was nominated for the 2010 Rock Stars of Science distinction by the leaders of the R.A.R.E. Project, in recognition of his decades of innovative and important research and development in the pharmaceutical industry.
He has led teams of scientists toward the discovery, development and/or registration of more than 20 drugs, including Allegra, Actonel and Lantus.
During his time at MIT as professor of the practice in the Sloan School of Management and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Douglas founded and served as the first executive director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation.
Dr. Douglas says recognition by GQ and the Geoffrey Beane Foundation is a different kind of honor, but one to raise awareness just the same.
“As a scientist, you don’t think of yourself as a rock star, but what an honor. I’m really delighted to have been selected,” Douglas said.
At the Los Angeles photo shoot for inclusion in the annual Rock Stars of Science edition, Douglas was featured with musician Jay Sean, along with Dr. Geraldine Dawson of Autism Speaks, Dr. Catriona Jamieson of the University of California, Dr. Emil Kakkis of the Kakkis EveryLife Foundation and Rear Admiral Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal.
He hopes the feature article sends a message to GQ’s young male readers that a career in science can be just as rewarding as a career in music.
“You have a responsibility in a sense to let young people know this is not only important, this [career] is a lot of fun. I have a lot of fun every day,” Douglas said.