Global Gators Award

The Global Gator Award is given every other year to an individual who best represents the University of Florida Gator Spirit internationally in the field of Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacology. The award is presented at the Symposium on New Developments in Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacology.

Larry Lesko, Global Gators Award2017 Larry Lesko, Ph.D., F.C.P.






Global Gators 2015 - Doering Award2015 Paul Doering, M.S., B.S.Pharm






Dean William Riffee2013 William Riffee, PhD

Dean Riffee retired in 2013 after 17 years of service and dedication to the College of Pharmacy. His compassion, support, and innovative ideas have given students the education and experience to succeed as Pharmacists. His encouragement for students to get involved with pharmacy organizations outside of the classroom has inspired students to try new learning experiences and has shaped them into leaders. Only the sixth dean in the college’s nearly 90-year history, Riffee came to UF after 21 years on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas. His first priority at UF was to strengthen its Pharm.D. curriculum by implementing problem-based learning, based on his belief that what student pharmacists learn through their studies is only the beginning of their professional practice. In addition to preparing students, he strongly supported faculty development that allowed the college’s educators to expand their teaching methods beyond traditional approaches.“Dr. Riffee’s service to the UF community in advancing pharmacy education and research is invaluable,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System.A pioneer in distance learning, Riffee implemented tele-education programs at multiple campuses at UT, then brought similar technologies to UF. That opened UF’s professional and graduate programs to students across the U.S. and the world. Such globalized programs include the Working Professional Pharm.D. program — the largest in the nation — and expanded master’s programs in forensic science, health policy, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical toxicology, medication therapy management and clinical pharmacy. From 2001 to 2006, Riffee also served as UF associate provost for distance, continuing and executive education.


Emil Pop

2011 Emil Pop, PhD

Dr. Emil Pop has had a long and illustrious career in industry and academia. Research Chemist (1962-1965); Research Scientist (1965- 1978); Principal Research Scientist, Group Leader (1978- 1983) Chemical Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Cluj, Romania. Visiting Scientist, The Rugjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia (1971-72). Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1983-86). Senior Research Scientist (1986- 87); Group Leader (1987- 89); Associate Director for Chemical Development (1989-1992; Director of Chemistry (1992), Pharmatec, Inc., Alachua, FL. Director of chemistry (1992-95); Senior Director of Chemistry (1995-1998), Pharmos Corporation, Alachua, FL. Founder, President and CEO, Alchem Laboratories Corporation, Alachua, FL (1996-); Awards: The “N. Teclu” award for chemistry granted by the Romanian Academy (1980), Honors, Distinctions: Fellow, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Fellow, American Institute of Chemists, Who’s Who in: Frontiers of Science and Technology; World; Science and Engineering; South and Southeast; America (Marquis). Men of Achievement, Dictionary of International Biography, The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, American Men and Women of Science. Courtesy Professor, CDD, University of Florida; Inaugural Member of the Advisory Board, Florida Center for Heterocyclic Compounds, University of Florida.Professional Membership: ACS, AIC, AAAS, AAPS, IUPAC, New York Academy of Sciences, International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology, Association de Pharmacie Galenique Industrielle. Chairman at the First World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology; International Advisory Board, International Conferences on Drug Optimization via Retrometabolism;Inaugural Member of the Florida Center for Heterocyclic Compounds Industrial Advisory Board; Guest Editor of a “hot topic” issue of Current Pharmaceutical Design; Member Editorial Advisory Board Letters in Drug Design & Delivery. Scientific Activity: 126 publications, 23 patents, 127 presentations. Expertise: organic, pharmaceutical, medicinal and theoretical chemistry. Drug design, synthesis and evaluation of novel drugs, prodrugs, chemical drug delivery systems; chemistry of synthetic cannabinoids. Basic research scale-up product and process development.


Willy Roth

2009 Willy Roth, PhD

Dr.Willy Roth studied chemistry and pharmacology at the University of Mainz and held from 1988 until his retirement in 2009 the position as vice president of nonclinical and clinical drug metablism and pharmacokinetics / pharmacodynamics at Boehringer Ingelheim. His responsibilitiny in that area included GLP-bioanalytics, animal ADME work, in vitro and in vivo drug metabolism and drug transport and data evaluation technologies for nonclinical and clinical pharmacokinetic analysis. Dr. Roth was member of Boehringer Ingelheim’s global drug safety committee and European Research and Development Committee. In addition Dr.Roth was during the last decade responsible for the integration of drug development activities in his area including parts of nonclinical drug safety between Japan and Europe and fostered the collaboration with various academic groups in the United States and Japan. Dr.Roth’s expertise lies on the optimization of early drug discovery strategies and efficient execution of drug development work packages under GLP and GCP perspectives. Roth spent a sabbatical in 1981 in Prof.Edward Garrett’s lab at the UF / Gainesville, where he worked on nonlinear pharmacokinetic models. Willy Roth is author of more than 50 publications and 45 oral and poster presentations at international meetings .


Marcus Brewster, PhD

2007 Markus Brewster, PhD

Dr. Marcus E. Brewster is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Department of Drug Delivery Research at the Janssen Research Foundation, Beerse Belgium. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy as an Adjunct Associate Professor. He received his BS degree from Mercer University in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1982 working with Prof. Nicholas Bodor. Dr. Brewster also spent two years as a Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel (1996-97). He has published 146 journal articles, written or contributed to over 20 book chapters and proceedings and holds 12 patents. He is an member of several editorial boards and a recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Excellence in Science Award. Dr. Brewster’s main research interests include the use of chemically modified cyclodextrin derivatives for pharmaceutical application, brain-targeted drug delivery through the use of chemical delivery systems and the application of molecular orbital and other computational approaches in addressing items of chemical and biological concern.


Hans Schreier

2005 Hans Schreier, PhD

Dr. Hans Schreier is a founder and CEO of MCS Micro Carrier Systems GmbH, a formulation development company based in Neuss, Germany. He received his dipl. pharm. ETH degree in 1976 and his Dr. sc. nat. degree in 1981 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, followed by postdoctoral training from 1981-1983 at the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) and a Senior Scientist position at Liposome Technology, Inc., in Menlo Park, California from 1983-1986. During his academic career, he held appointments as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (1986-1993) and Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1993-1995). He has been a founder, Director and the Principal Scientist of Advanced Therapies, Inc., a nonviral gene delivery company (1995-1998) and is a co-founder of ARYx Therapeutics, Los Altos Hills, CA, a virtual drug discovery and pharmaceutical development company. He is the Executive Director of Liposome Research Days, Inc., a non-profit organization (since 1994) and co-organizer of the biennial international “Liposome Research Days” conference. He has published over 70 articles, reviews and book chapters and holds several patents. He is the editor of a recent book on ‘Drug Targeting Technology: Physical, Chemical and Biological Methods’ (Marcel Dekker, 2001). He is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Liposome Research, and a member and elected Governor (1996-1999) of the Controlled Release Society (CRS). He maintains extensive professional links with individuals, companies, agencies and scientific organizations in the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia.