On Nov. 23, 2020, the UF College of Pharmacy suffered a significant loss with the sudden passing of Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., a distinguished professor emeritus and former chair of the department of pharmaceutics. In the year following his death, the impact he made through more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, numerous books and worldwide collaborations with more than 900 co-authors becomes even more fully appreciated. News of Hartmut’s death triggered an outpouring of condolences from around the world that were sent to the college from his wide network of friends and colleagues in pharmacy. Many messages included memorial gifts that were donated in his honor.
These memorial gifts have been designated to support networking opportunities for graduate student education and research. Hartmut believed collaboration with leading professionals in the pharmaceutical industry, government regulators and academics creates an optimal environment for students and trainees to achieve excellence. In keeping with this philosophy, Pharvaris, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, donated $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in his honor. Hartmut was a respected scientific expert, mentor and collaborator for company leaders, who felt compelled to make a memorial gift to benefit future pharmaceutical scientists. The Hartmut Derendorf Pharvaris Travel Scholarship Fund will support professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, with an emphasis to support networking opportunities.
“Hartmut was a trusted collaborator and friend over many years,” said Jochen Knolle, Ph.D., chief scientific officer and co-founder of Pharvaris. “His distinction as a scientist-educator is an inspiration, and we hope in a small way to sustain that example by supporting developing researchers.”
Both the college and Hartmut’s family are deeply grateful for gifts made to support his legacy. To make a gift in his memory, please visit this website.