16/01/1919 American scientist Jerome Horwitz is born
30 years ago, the FDA approved AIDS drug AZT
Horwitz synthesized a compound that was to become known as zidovudine, an antiviral drug used to treat HIV patients. Zidovudine was initially developed as a treatment for cancer. Horwitz was also first to synthesize stavudine and zalcitabine - two other reverse transcriptase inhibitors used in the treatment of HIV patients.