Dr. Sung Wan Kim


Dr. Sung Wan Kim is currently a Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering.  He received his B.S. and M.S. at Seoul National University in 1963 and 1965, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Utah in 1969 (under Professor Henry Eyring). 

Research Interests

Dr. Kim is a pioneer and has been engaged in drug delivery research since 1974 in the areas of hydrogels, biodegradable drug conjugates, self-regulating drug delivery and stimuli sensitive polymers. He has also worked extensively in medical polymers, especially blood compatible polymers.  Dr. Kim's present research includes design of novel polymers for the delivery of protein drugs, cells and genes.


Dr. Kim has received numerous awards, among them are the Rosenblatt Prize (2003), AACP Volwiler Award (2002), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Dale Wurster Award (1998), the Controlled Release Society (CRS) Founders Award (1995), the Clemson Basic Biomaterials Award (1987), AAPS Research Achievement Award in Drug Delivery (1995), the Annual Award of the ISBP (1994), the Japanese Biomaterials Research Award (1996), the Utah Governor's Medal of Science (1988), University of Utah Distinguished Research Award (1987), and the Outstanding Paper in the Journal of Controlled Release (1989, 1991, 1998).

Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (1999).

Member, National Academy of Engineering (2003).


Dr. Kim is Founder and former Co-Chairman for the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Drug Delivery, which is held biennially in Salt Lake City since 1983. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Controlled Release, Pharmaceutical Research, Journal of Biomedical Materials Science, and Biomaterials Science journals. He is a Fellow in the AAPS, Biomaterials Society, and the AIMBE societies.

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