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Portrait of Healthier Lives

Sundeep Dugar Ph.D. ’84 is helping millions lead healthier lives through pharmaceutical discoveries.

Dugar has made significant contributions to the health of millions worldwide as a successful pharmaceutical chemist. Now he is giving back to UC Davis by helping chemistry students advance their own careers.

Dugar, who is the chief executive officer/president and founder of Sphaera Pharma, is best known as the co-inventor of two well-known anti-cholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin.

After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry, Dugar began his career in pharmaceutical research and development, working for such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Scios Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. In 2005, the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation named him a National Inventor of the Year.

Dugar, who is the co-inventor of more than 80 issued and pending patents, said studying at UC Davis was the most important step in his career.

“It opened a whole new world for me,” he said. “Meeting with different scientists and researchers was a great opportunity.”

To express gratitude to UC Davis, Dugar created an endowment in memory of his Ph.D. advisor, R. Bryan Miller, to help connect aspiring chemists with industry through an annual symposium. He also helped create the new bachelor’s/master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry to open doors for many students in the field.

“Our ability to provide a great education to future generations will be critical for their personal achievements,” Dugar said, “and for their ability to address and resolve pressing issues around the world.”