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Steven Magnuson - Senior Director and Senior Principal Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

Steven Magnuson

Senior Director and Senior Principal Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

"The challenges of drug discovery, the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues, and the rewards of helping patients – what a great job!"
Years at Genentech
Publications at Genentech

I got my PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta and after a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, I started my industrial career at Bayer. In 2007, I got the opportunity to work in the Discovery Chemistry Department at Genentech and help build a lead identification group as the small molecule effort expanded here. I was attracted to the company’s focus on science and helping patients. Since that time I’ve been able to work on projects throughout the drug discovery process from inception to clinical testing in different therapeutic areas. Every project is unique and the daily challenges of finding that ideal molecule means no two days are ever the same.

Featured Publication

GNE-781, A Highly Advanced Potent and Selective Bromodomain Inhibitor of Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate Response Element Binding Protein, Binding Protein (CBP).

J Med Chem. 2017 Nov 22;60(22):9162-9183. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

Romero FA, Murray J, Lai KW, Tsui V, Albrecht BK, An L, Beresini MH, de Leon Boenig G, Bronner SM, Chan EW, Chen KX, Chen Z, Choo EF, Clagg K, Clark K, Crawford TD, Cyr P, de Almeida Nagata D, Gascoigne KE, Grogan JL, Hatzivassiliou G, Huang W, Hunsaker TL, Kaufman S, Koenig SG, Li R, Li Y, Liang X, Liao J, Liu W, Ly J, Maher J, Masui C, Merchant M, Ran Y, Taylor AM, Wai J, Wang F, Wei X, Yu D, Zhu BY, Zhu X, Magnuson S.