Dr. Benson J. Edagwa, is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is an organic/medicinal chemist who has an extensive background in formulation of small molecules and development of new strategies for the synthesis of biologically active natural products and their unnatural analogs and their application to human diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis. He is listed as a co-inventor of 13 U.S patent applications. He co-invented long acting slow effective release antiretroviral therapy (LASER ART) regimen with potential for a once every year dosing interval for treatment and prevention of HIV-1 and other viral infections. The first elimination of HIV-1 was demonstrated in a humanized mouse model of disease using a combination of LASER ART and gene editing technologies.