Felix Theeuwes, D.Sc. is Chairman, co-founder, and Chief Scientific Officer at DURECT Corporation, established in July of 1998 as a spinout from ALZA Corporation to focus on the development of pharmaceutical systems and products to treat chronic debilitating diseases and enabling biotechnology drugs.
Dr. Theeuwes was with ALZA Corporation from 1970 until June 1999 holding positions directing research, technology development, and product development for a variety of controlled drug delivery systems. His work led to the product introduction of the ALZET® mini osmotic pump series for animal research, and the OROS® systems series of products. He directed research in transdermal research and development, initiated the electrotransport/iontophoresis program, and initiated the DUROS® osmotic implant program. He holds more than 210 U.S. patents covering these systems and published more than 80 articles and book chapters.
In 1980 Dr. Theeuwes was named Inventor of the Year by the Peninsula Patent Law Association. In 1983 he was the recipient of the Award for the Advancement of Industrial Pharmacy. He was the Busse Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin in 1981, and in 1985 the Third Annual Sidney Riegelman Lecturer at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. In 1993 he became the first recipient of ALZA Corporation's Founder's Award.
In 1993 Dr. Theeuwes completed the Stanford Executive Program (SEP). He received his undergraduate and graduate education in physics at the University of Leuven (Louvain), Belgium, with a D.Sc. degree in 1966. From 1966 to 1970 he served as a post-doctoral fellow and visiting research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas.