2009 UW Honorary Citation Report – Wright

Citation recipient Dr. Jim Wright with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Dr. Jim Wright (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Dr. James “Jim” Wright earned his Master of Science degree in 1977 and a PhD degree in 1983 in Pharmaceutics from the UW School of Pharmacy. He currently is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for manufacturing, formulation, and analytical controls in support of the development of new chemical drug candidates. He has over 25 years of pharmaceutical drug development experience including positions as the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Millenium Pharmaceuticals and as Senior Vice President of Development at Cambridge-based Alkernes where he led the development efforts for sustained release injectable and inhalation protein products. His career path also took him to Boehringer Ingelheim, and he served also briefly on the faculty of the UW School of Pharmacy during the 1980’s.

Dr. Wright remained active with the school and is currently an Adjunct Professor in our Extension Services in Pharmacy Division, serving as an instructor for the Pharmaceutical Solids Short Course and Water Short Course. In addition, he has served 3 years as a member of the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station Advisory Board. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Medicine in Need, a not-for-profit organization at Harvard, working on pulmonary and oral drug delivery methods designed to treat tuberculosis in the Third World.