Dr. Iwao Ojima received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Sagami Institute of Chemical Research and held a position of Senior Research Fellow until 1983 after which he joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook first as Associate Professor, was promoted to Professor, Leading Professor, and now University Distinguished Professor. Dr. Ojima served as the Department Chair from 1997 through 2003 and has been serving as the founding Director for the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery from 2004, as well as the President of the Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors since 2016. He has served as advisory committee members of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Dr. Ojima has published more than 480 papers and reviews in leading journals and more than l00 patents granted, edited 9 books. His awards and honors include Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, Emanuel B. Hershberg Award, the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame, ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, Ernest Guenther Award from the American Chemical Society; The Chemical Society of Japan Award; Outstanding Inventor Award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York; Elected Fellows of J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, The New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, and National Academy of Inventors.