AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

David Leander

David Leander

Graduation Year: 1967
Degree Earned: M.A., Psychology
Institution: Western Washington University

David Leander helped develop a number of widely used medications including Prozac, Zyprexa, Strattera, Cymbalta and Permax in his two decades working for the major drug manufacturer Eli Lilly. However, the breakthrough drug he is most proud of developing is not as famous. Leander and a colleague developed Entereg to treat constipation and aid gastrointestinal recovery after surgery which is especially painful for the elderly taking several medications. Today, Leander is founder of Skagit Neuropharm Consulting, advising biotech companies and venture capital groups looking to invest in small companies getting started in the neuropharmacology industry.