To Be A Scientist: How Bob Vince Changed the World

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bob VinceBob Vince can't be sure where his becoming a scientist began, but where it led changed the world. As the discoverer of carbovirs, the precursor to the AIDS drug Ziagen, Vince's contribution to humanity can't be underestimated.

Though its history is one fraught with lessons and lawsuits, the drug's legacy, in the end, is and will be one of human health and some mercy for millions afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Revenues from Ziagen has so far brought the U about $500 million, providing positions for faculty and fellowships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and for the ongoing work of the center and its scientists, current and becoming, who will, like Vince, make discoveries that will continue to improve the world, through the lens of science, for years to come.