Through successful trials to treat tropical disease, the enhanced form of avermectin, Ivermectin was introduced to Africa in order to treat the devastating river blindness. WHO had requested Merck to provide Ivermectin free of charge and this resulted in effective suppression of the disease. Every child in the village knew of its great medicinal effect.
By thorough analysis and observation, Omura’s lab came across an interesting microorganism that seemed to be forming a useful chemical. With cooperation from Dr. Campbell’s team at Merck, they were able to find a chemical that can get rid of harmful parasites. Through joint research, they finally encountered avermectin.
In January 1973, right after Omura returned home from Wesleyan University, he started to prepare for the joint research with Merck.
In September 1971, Satoshi and Fumiko Omura departed for the United States from Haneda Airport. They were headed for...
In addition to his role as a researcher at Kitasato Institute, Omura also did research for Kitasato University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 1969...
From April 1, 1965, Satoshi Omura became a researcher at the Kitasato Institute.The Kitasato Institute is a research institute founded by...
Besides teaching chemistry and physics at the nighttime high school, Omura coaches the school’s table tennis team. Spending time with his students who worked by day and studied at night, Omura got inspired to continue his studies once again.
While building his interest in chemistry, Omura tackled competitive ski by practising with top skiers. As he nurtured close relationships with some professors, the time came for him to work on his license to become a certified science teacher.
Satoshi’s teenage years were spent in the farming fields and getting involved in different competitive sports. Until he was in the last year of high school, Satoshi had not thought about applying to university, but after his decision to do so, he starts to take academic accomplishments very seriously.
Satoshi Omura’s life is deeply influenced by his family’s farm and rice fields. He spent his early life among abundant nature. He was raised by his strict yet loving parents who were committed to the community.