Ceremony Honors Utah Pharmacy Professor for Receiving One of Japan's Highest Award--the Order of the Rising Sun

Ceremony Honors Utah Pharmacy Professor for Receiving One of Japan's Highest Award--the Order of the Rising Sun

Feb 17, 2012 11:04 AM

(Salt Lake City)—William I. Higuchi, Ph.D., world-renowned University of Utah pharmaceutical chemist, was honored with a conferment ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 for receiving the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, one of the highest civilian honors given in Japan.

The award, which Higuchi received in June 2011, is bestowed by the Emperor of Japan to individuals worldwide to recognize lifetime achievement and a commitment to excellence, particularly including significant positive contributions to mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan. The Japanese Consul-General in Denver, Ikuhiko Ono, hosted the ceremony and reception.

“Dr. Higuchi’s outstanding work in pharmaceutical sciences throughout his career and his role in the promotion of Japan-U.S. cooperation in this field embody the ideals of this imperial decoration,” Consul-General Ono stated in the invitation to the event. 

Higuchi, formerly a distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry, joined the University’s College of Pharmacy faculty in 1982. During his career, he has published hundreds of scientific studies and has received numerous professional awards. Currently, he is chairman of Lipocine Inc., a Salt Lake City pharmaceutical company he co-founded. He also co-founded two other companies, Theratech Inc., a transdermal drug delivery company that was bought by Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Aciont Inc., a biopharmaceutical concern that focuses on developing non-invasive therapeutics for vision-threatening eye disease.

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