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2012/03/12 Specially Appointed Professor Akira Endo was selected as a National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee
Specially Appointed Professor Akira Endo (Graduate School of Agricultural Science) was selected as a National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) 2012 Inductee. The NIHF is a U.S. not-for-profit organization dedicated to recognizing, honoring and encouraging invention and creativity through the administration of its programs. As of 2011 there were 460 inductees. The reason to be awarded is to discover a substance which lowers blood cholesterol from blue mold on a rice grain and to lead to the development of statin which pioneered the class of drugs targeted at lowering cholesterol. Statin is one of the best selling drugs and used worldwide.
Professor Katsuhiko Nishimori
Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University