Life Saver: Robert Vince, a Minnesota superhero, creates drugs to combat diseases like AIDS and cancer
Prof Vince standing near a car

How many millions of lives has Dr. Robert Vince saved? It’s hard to put an exact number on it, but millions certainly, if not a good deal more. Vince invents drugs, and before he invented the anti-viral drug Ziagen, now known by its generic name abacavir, HIV/AIDS was a fast death sentence. Ziagen was the first drug specifically designed to combat AIDS that worked. Vince invented other anti-viral drugs, which when taken together, can make the disease more manageable and dramatically reduce transmission of HIV from infected pregnant mothers to their babies.