Dr. Frank Gupton - Ensuring Access to Medicine In A Post-Pandemic World

  • 28 Apr 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Your Living Room or Home Office by "Zoom"


  • General registration is available to all encorepreneurs who are interested in being an active part of our community.
  • Our Supporting Encorepreneurs have 2 reserved spots for each meeting.



By Zoom Videoconference  - Tuesday, April 28 - 8-9:00 AM

Before the phrase "Covid-19" even existed, Encorepreneur had asked Dr. Frank Gupton, to speak to us about his efforts to secure the supply and decrease the cost of high volume drugs needed for the US and third world countries. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has dramatically increased interest in the topic, and we are pleased to have Dr. Gupton join us for Encorepreneur’s first “Zoom Breakfast” on Tuesday, April 28th.

We are sorry but, with more than 250 people registered, there are no more general registrations spaces available. You can claim a spot reserved spot by becoming a Supporting Encorepreneurs! 

Supporting Encorepreneurs 

Approximately 80% of all medications consumed in the U.S. are produced in India or China, and the rapid spread of Covid-19 has demonstrated the need for more reliable, responsive and scalable drug manufacturing processes. More than 250 million people in the world suffer from diseases like malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis that require high volumes of medicines for treatment. More than 100 life-preserving prescription drugs are already in short supply in the U.S. 

Dr. Gupton is a former senior pharmaceutical industry executive who directed efforts to solve these problems by exploring creative and innovative ways to substitute lower-cost raw materials, simplify operations and increase yields in the manufacture of prescription drugs. He currently leads VCU's "Medicines for All Institute." The Insitutue has received more than $40 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to find ways to manufacture high volume drugs at significantly lower costs for use in the US and in third world countries.

Frank is Chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering. After attending the University of Richmond on a basketball scholarship, he received his master’s degree from Georgia Tech and his doctorate in chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. His 31-year industry career included senior positions with the Hoechst-Celanese Corporation and Boehringer-Ingelheim. In 2007, Gupton retired as executive director of process development for Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.


This will be the first Encorepreneur meeting using Zoom video conferencing, and everyone with a smart phone, iPad, laptop or desktop can participate for no chager. (You will have to supply your own coffee and pastries). For newcomers to Zoom, we will be sending you some easy to follow instructions and everyone will receive a link a day or two before the event. 

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