2010 UW Honorary Citation Report – Hutchinson

2010 citation winner

A native of Ohio, Dr. C. R. Hutchinson graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Pharmacy and earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor of pharmacognosy, teaching chemistry and medicinal chemistry. In 1974, Dr. Hutchinson joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and remained on the faculty here until his retirement.

Dr. Hutchinson was a pioneer of the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of natural product based drugs. His landmark achievements set the stage for the microbial production of many frontline drugs – including the adriamycins, macrolide antibiotics and the statins. The genetic tools and plasmids developed by Hutch and his coworkers remain in use worldwide today. Dr. Hutchinson published over 250 works, including research articles, patents, and reviews.  His professional accomplishments have been recognized by several prestigious national and international scientific awards.

Dr. Hutchinson’s research program also served as a fertile training ground for a large number of undergraduate and PhD students, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scientists and his expertise on the cutting edge of drug discovery clearly translated to his extensive teaching in the pharmacy professional program.

Following retirement from the UW in 2000, Dr. Hutchinson spent six years at Kosan Biosciences as VP of New Technologies. He guided a selection of new projects which culminated in four anticancer drugs entering clinical trials. In 2006, he became a consultant for Kosan to allow time to administer a multi-million dollar grant for new cancer drug development at the University of Wisconsin.

Ironically, Dr. Hutchinson lost his battle with an aggressive cancer in January 2010 – after developing technologies and therapies to fight it during his very distinguished career. His legacy lives on at the UW School of Pharmacy with an annual lecture delivered each fall in his memory.