Richard Gomer

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 Richard Gomer is the Thomas Powell ’62 Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University.
 Up to 2003, his research was split between astrophysics, focusing on mass transfer in close binary stars, and developmental biology, focusing on the formation of tissues of a defined size and composition, using the eukaryotic microbe Dictyostelium as a model system. In 2003, he and his postdoc Darrell Pilling found a potential therapeutic for fibrosing diseases such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, end-stage kidney disease, and pulmonary fibrosis. After stopping the astronomy work to focus on Dictyostelium development and fibrosis, he co-founded a company called Promedior to pursue the potential therapeutic, which is currently in Phase 2 trials in patients with pulmonary fibrosis, and patients with myelofibrosis, a bone marrow fibrosis.

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