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Akira Endo
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Dr. Endo
Born (1933-11-14) 14 November 1933 (age 90)
Higashiyuri (present-day Yurihonjō, Akita)
Alma mater Tohoku University,
Known for discovering the first statin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), paving the way for statin drug development
Awards Heinrich Wieland Prize (1987)
Japan Prize (2006)
Massry Prize (2006)
Lasker Award (2008)
National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012)
Canada Gairdner International Award (2017)
Scientific career
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions Sankyo Co., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Akira Endo (遠藤 章, Endō Akira, born 14 November 1933) is a Japanese biochemist. He is known for his research into the relationship between fungi and cholesterol biosynthesis led to the development of statin drugs.

He received the Japan Prize in 2006, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2008, the Canada Gairdner International Award in 2017.

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