PD Active Virtual Speaker Forum: Matt Jacobson, PhD, UCSF: Hope and reality on the path to curing Parkinson’s disease: My perspective as a patient, scientist, and entrepreneur
Matthew P. Jacobson, Ph.D., has been a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSF since 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at MIT, and then completed post-doctoral research at Oxford University and at Columbia University. Matt is the author of over 180 publications and a textbook, as well as software that is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2012, shortly before turning 40 years old, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Since then, he has served as Chair of his department, and co-founded 6 biotechnology companies, including two that are now listed on NASDAQ, Global Blood Therapeutics and Relay Therapeutics. His interest in neurodegenerative diseases predates his diagnosis, and he is working on developing new therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease at UCSF and in one of his companies, NineSquare Therapeutics. He has received several teaching awards for his lectures on Parkinson’s Disease at UCSF.