Francisco Velázquez currently works at Merck Research Laboratories as an associate principal scientist. During his tenure as a medicinal chemist, he has been involved in numerous research projects aimed at the discovery of new drugs to address unmet medical needs. His research group has developed several new drug candidates that have been advanced into clinical trials. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 research papers, and is named as an inventor on more than 20 patents or patent applications.
Velázquez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Guadalajara. He earned his PhD from the UI College of Pharmacy in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry in 2003, working under the guidance of Associate Professor Horacio Olivo.
After completing his PhD, Velázquez started his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry in the laboratories of the Schering-Plough Research Institute.