Gevork Minaskanian

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Gevork Minaskanian, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University[1] and Co-founder/Vice President of Synthetic Chemistry [2] at Aderis Pharmaceuticals who was a contributor to the development of rotigotine and Neupro (a transdermalpatch that delivers rotigotine). Rotigotine is a drug developed to mimic the actions of dopamine in the brain to help cope with restless legs syndrome and the abnormal movements(dyskinesia) found in Parkinson's disease patients. This drug is an alternative to oral medications for treatment of Parkinson's disease, considered by the VCU Department of Chemistry as "an unprecedented medication for the benefit of millions of Parkinson's patient worldwide."[3] Minaskanian’s main contribution to Neupro was improving the efficiency of manufacturing rotigotine, thereby making the process commercially viable and enabling patients to afford this important medication. Dr. Minaskanian is the inventor and author of over 50 patents and publications in various fields of organic and medicinal chemistry. Some of his US patents include patents 5,470,848;[4] 4,801,586;[5] 5,234,959;[6] 5,118,676;[7] and other related research done on rotigotine and Neupro US patent 7,309,497[8] found in the United States Patent and Trademark Office linked to the penetration enhancers for transdermal delivery of systemic agents.

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  1. ^ VCU Department of Chemistry recognizing Dr. Minaskanian as a research professor and faculty (VCU Department of Chemistry)
  2. ^ Document excerpt filed by Aderis Pharmaceuticals INC. filling Dr. Gevork Minaskanian as the Vice President of Synthetic Chemistry at Aderis (excerpt from a S-1/A SEC Filin)
  3. ^ VCU Department of Chemistry recognizing Dr. Minaskanian research work on rotigotine and Neupro as an unprecedented medication for the benefit of millions of Parkinson’s patients worldwide (VCU Department of Chemistry)
  4. ^ US Patent 5,470,848 Dr. Minaskanian's latest patents related to the subject of transdermal delivery systems from 1995 (US Patent 5,470,848)
  5. ^ Dr. Minaskanian's older US patents related to the subject of transdermal delivery systems from 1989 (US Patent 4,801,586)
  6. ^ Another US Patent that Dr. Minaskanian has related to Neupro (US Patent 5,234,959)
  7. ^ Another US Patent that Dr. Minaskanian has related to Neupro (US Patent 5,118,676)
  8. ^ US Patent 7,309,497 containing a list of some of Dr. Minaskanian's work used by Schwarz Pharma AG to do newer research (US Patent 7,309,497 7)