William Drohan

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Dr. William N. Drohan (1946 – March 25, 2007) was a well-known American microbiologist and educator.

He received a B.A. degree in bacteriology from UCLA, and a Ph.D in medical microbiology and immunology from UCLA School of Medicine.

He was known for, among other things, his commitment to improving blood safety, his work in transgenic proteins to treat hemophilia and other blood-related disorders, as well as important contributions in investigating mad cow disease in the blood supply.

His career included important positions with the National Cancer Institute, the American Red Cross, and private companies dedicated to treating blood-borne disorders, most recently as Chief Scientific Officer at Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., and previously President and subsequently Chief Scientific Officer of Clearant, Inc.

He also served as Professor in the Graduate Program of the Department of Genetics at George Washington University and formerly as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Drohan published more than 145 scientific papers and earned more than 30 U.S. patents.

He served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for Blood Products at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Chairman for the Panel on Biotechnology of the National Research Council.

Drohan died of lung cancer at his home in Germantown, Maryland after a four-year illness.