Heroes of Chemistry Recipients

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2014 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry whose work has led to welfare and progress of humanity:

  • Asahi Kasei's Takashi Adachi, Muneaki Aminaka, Isaburo Fukawa, Shinsuke Fukuoka, Kazumi Hasegawa, Mamoru Kawamura, Shigenori Konno, Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, Manabu Oishi, Masahiro Tojo, Akio Yamaguchi, Kazuharu Yasuda, and Haruyuki Yoneda whose determination led to the world’s first non-phosgene aromatic polycarbonate (PC) from carbon dioxide that has been manufactured since 2002.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb's Scott Biller, John Dickson, Michael Lawrence, David Magnin, Michael Poss, Jeffrey Robl, and Joseph Tino for the discovery of Lomitapide (Juxtapid®), a novel inhibitor of microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) to treat homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.
  • The Dow Chemical Company's Timothy Adams, Suzanne Coley, Vipul Jain, Doris Kang, Amy Kwok, Owendi Ongayi, Edward Pavelchek, James Thackeray, Peter Trefonas, Gerald Wayton, Sabrina Wong, Jeong Yun Yu and Anthony Zampini for the development of Dow AR™ Fast Etch Organic Bottom Antireflectant Coatings for the Enablement of High Resolution Microlithography in Advanced Integrated Circuit Manufacture.
  • Pfizer's (formerly Wyeth) Magid Abou-Gharbia, Terrance Andree, G.E. Morris Husbands, Eric A. Muth, and John Yardley for developing Effexor®, a novel treatment for major depressive disorder.
  • The Procter & Gamble Company's Lori Bacca, Arif Baig, Bill Glandorf, Tao He, Iain Hughes, Satya Majeti, Ross Strand, Xiaoli Wang, and Donald White, who are the innovators behind the Crest Pro-Health innovation.
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2013 Heroes of Chemistry

  • DuPont's Daniel Cordova, John Freudenberger, George Lahm, Thomas Selby, and Thomas Stevenson for developing DuPontTM Rynaxypyr®, the first anthranilic diamide insect control product.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.’s David Askin, Guy Humphrey, Ralph Laufer, Peter Maligres, Michael Rowley, Vincenzo Summa, Joseph Vacca, John Wai, and Steven Young for developing Isentress®, the first integrase inhibitor approved for use in HIV infected patients.
  • Pfizer, Inc.'s J. Jean Cui, Pei-Pei Kung, Mason Pairish, Hong Shen and Michelle Tran-Dubé for developing Crizotinib, a revolutionary non-small-cell lung cancer pharmaceutical agent.
  • Vertex Pharmaceutical’s Vijayalaksmi Arumugam, Brian Bear, Peter Grootenhuis, Sabine Hadida, Anna Hazlewood, Adam Looker, Jason McCartney, Bobbianna Neubert-Langille, Michael Ryan, David Willcox, Zhifeng Ye and Jinglan Zhou for the development of KalydecoTM, the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.

Heroes of Chemistry whose work has led to welfare and progress of humanity:

2012 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry whose work has led to welfare and progress of humanity:

  • Arkema's Georg Lindner, Connie Lo, Clem McKown, Jing Ming Mai, Jeremy Nihart, Dave Russo, Ryan Smith and Jeff Stricker of Arkema, for the scientific discovery, technical development, and commercial implementation of Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition technology in the production of high performance window glass.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.’s Ashok Arasappan, Frank Bennett, Stéphane Bogen, F. George Njoroge and Srikanth Venkatraman for the discovery and development of VictrelisTM, a first-in-class treatment for the Hepatitis C virus.
  • Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research's Werner Breitenstein, Gabriele Fendrich, Sandra Jacob and Paul Manley for the discovery and development of Tasigna®, a leading treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

2011 Heroes of Chemistry

Speaker: Dr. Greg Allgood, Children's Safe Drinking Water Program

  • DuPont's George Trainor for the invention of dye-terminating DNA sequencing.
  • AstraZeneca's Andy Barker and Keith Gibson for the discovery and development of Iressa, a targeted anti-lung cancer drug.

2010 Heroes of Chemistry

Speaker: Mark J. Plotkin, Ethnobotanist and Author

  • Merck & Co., Inc.’s Joseph Armstrong, Nancy Thornberry and Ann Weber for the discovery and development of Januvia.
  • Pfizer Inc.’s Jotham Coe and Brian O’Neill for the discovery and development of Varenicline (Chantix).

2009 Heroes of Chemistry

Speaker: John LaMattina, Retired Pharmaceutical Executive

  • 3M Company’s Sumita B. Mitra for the development of Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative.
  • The Dow Chemical Company’s John E. Cadotte, and William E. Mickols for the invention of High Performance Reverse Osmosis Membranes.
  • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research’s Nissim Claude Cohen, Richard Göschke, Peter Herold, Robert Mah, Jürgen Maibaum, Joseph Rahuel, Vittorio Rasetti, Pascal Rigollier, Heinrich Rueeger, Walter Schilling, Stefan Stutz, and Yasuchika Yamaguchi for the development of Tekturna® (Aliskiren).

2008 Heroes of Chemistry

Speaker: Mae Jemison, Astronaut and Physician

  • ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s Michael Kerby, Ernie Lewis, Stephen McCarthy, Sabato Miseo, Kenneth Riley and Stuart Soled and Albemarle Catalysts Company’s M.B. Cerfontain, Sonja Eijsbouts, Hans W. Homan Free, Bob Leliveld, Bob Oogjen and Frans L. Plantenga, for the development of NEBULA™ Catalyst.
  • Genentech, Inc.’s Bruce Roth for creating Lipitor® (Pfizer Inc).
  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical’s Karen Lackey for constructing Tykerb® (lapatinib).
  • Pfizer Inc’s Duncan Armour, Blanda Stammen, Anthony Wood and David Price for the development of Maraviroc.
  • Wyeth Research’s Magid Abou-Gharbia, Jerauld Skotnicki, James Gibbons, Ker Yu, Warren Chew, Joseph Camardo and Gary Dukart for their inception of Torisel®.

2007 Heroes of Chemistry

Speaker: Dean Kamen, Inventor and Entrepreneur

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company's Ronald D. Knudsen for the development of Selective 1-Hexene (S1H) Process.
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company's Catherine H. Babowicz Charles E. Nakamura and Tate & Lyle’s Dennis M. Adkesson along with Genecor’s Gregory M. Whited for the development of Bio-PDO™ .
  • ExxonMobil Research and Engineering's Jeevan S. Abichandani, Jeffrey S. Beck, Arthur Chester, Thomas Degnan, Jocelyn Kowalski, Sharon McCullen and David Olson for developing the PxMax sm Process.
  • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research's Pierre Acklin (Deceased), Peter Bühlmayer, Bernard Faller, René Lattmann, Hanspeter Nick, Carsten Spanka and Paul Zbinden for the development of Exjade®.
  • Pfizer's Harry R. Howard, Jr., John A. Lowe III and Arthur A. Nagel (Retired) for the development of Geodon®.

2006 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry whose work has led to welfare and progress of humanity:

  • ATMI’s Jose Arno, Donald Carruthers and Edward Sturm for the development of SDS (Safe Delivery System®).
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co.’s Donald B. Bivens, Mark B. Shiflett and Akimitchi Yokozecki for the development and invention of Hydrofluorocarbon Refrigerant Blends.
  • Eli Lilly and Company’s Homer Pearce (retired), Chuan Shih and Princeton University’s Edward C. Taylor for the development of Alimta®.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.’s James M. Balkovec, David L. Hughes and Robert E. Schwartz for the development of CANCIDAS® (caspofungin acetate)IV.
  • Rohm and Haas Company’s Guy Clamen, Richard Dobrowolski, Griffin Gappert, William Finch, Hal C. Morris, Paul Nedwick, Xun Tang and Barry Weinstein for the development of AquaSet™.
  • Wyeth’s Evelyn J. Ellis-Grosse, Evan Loh, Phaik-Eng Sum and Raymond Testa for the development of Tygacil®.

2005 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry whose work has led to the welfare and progress of humanity:

  • Colgate-Palmolive Company’s Abdul Gaffar for the development of Colgate Total®.
  • ExxonMobil Corporation’s Garland B. Brignac, Bruce R. Cook, Richard A. Demmin, John P. Greeley, Thomas R. Halbert, Jeffrey L. Kaufman, Mark Lapinski, Steve Mayo, Craig A. McKnight and Kenneth L. Riley for their development of SCANfining and Second-Generation SCANfining II Processes.
  • IBM’s Hiroshi Ito and C. Grant Willson for the development of Chemically-Amplified Photoresist Materials.
  • Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development’s Ludo Kennis for discovering RISPERDAL® (risperidone).
  • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research’s Jürg Zimmermann, Peter Traxler, Peter Graf and Ulrike Pfaar for developing GLEEVEC® (imatinib mesylate).

2004 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry who have improved human health and well-being through biotechnology products that involve chemistry or biochemistry contributions:

  • 3M’s John F. Gerster and Richard L. Miller for the creation of Aldara
    (imiquimod) QLT, Inc.’s David H. Dolphin for the development of Visudyne®.
  • Schering-Plough Corporation’s Duane A. Burnett, John W. Clader, Brian A. McKittrick, Stuart B. Rosenblum and Sundeep Dugar for the discovery of Zetia® (ezetimibe).
  • Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s George A. Ellestad, Philip R. Hamann, Janis Upeslacis, Parimal R. Desai and Donald R. Miller for the development of Mylotarg® (gemtuzumab ozogamici).

2003 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry who have improved children’s health and wellness through chemistry:

  • Abbott Laboratories’ Hing L. Sham, Daniel W. Norbeck and Dale J. Kempf for the development of KALETRA® (lopinavir/ritonavir).
  • Merck & Co., Inc.’s Robert N. Young, Robert J. Zamboni and Marc Labelle (former colleague) for the discovery of Singulair® (montelukast sodium).
  • Pfizer Inc’s Gerhard Satzinger, Johannes H. Hartenstein and James R. Zeller for the discovery and development of Neurontin® (gabapentin).
  • Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s Ronald J. Eby, Maya Koster, Chia-Lung Hsieh (deceased), Velupillai Puvanesarajah, Steven H. Doares, Bradley E. Kosiba, Dan J. Speelman and Kent D. Murphy for the discovery of Prevnar® (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein).

2002 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry who have protected and secured our world through chemistry:

  • DSM’s Koos Mencke, René Steeman and Jean Beugels for developing processes, materials and products based on a Polyethylene Fiber.
  • DuPont’s
    - Richard W. Rees for the discovery of Ionomer Resins.
    - Mark A. Jensen, W. Mark Barbour, George Tice, Jr. and Susan Y. Tseng for developing a Laboratory Screening System.
  • Solutia Inc.’s James R. Moran for developing a Polyvinyl Butyral Interlayer.

2000 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry who have promoted global human welfare in:

Energy & the Environment

  • Calgon Carbon Corporation’s K. Ramen Venkatesh for his research and development of the ISEP® technology.
  • Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.’s Stanford R. Ovshinsky and Iris M. Ovshinsky for their contributions in developing Ovonic NiMH.

Health

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Miguel A. Ondetti and David W. Cushman, for their discovery of Capoten®.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG’s Wilfried Bauer and Trevor Petcher for the creation of Sandostatin®.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG’s Peter Bühlmayer, Franz Ostermayer, Tibur Schmidlin, Pascal Furet, Walter Fuhrer, Peter Herold, Bruno Kamber, Hans Kuehnis, René Lattmann, Thomas Leutert, Alfred Sallmann and Paul Zbinden for their team development of Diovan®.
  • Pfizer Inc’s Arthur E. Girard and Gene Michael Bright and PLIVA d.d. of Croatia’s Slobodan Djokic and Gabrijela Kobrehel for their discovery of Zithromax® (azithromycin).
  • The Procter & Gamble Company’s M. David Francis for the development of Osteoscan®, Didronel® (etidronate) and Advanced Formula Crest® Toothpaste.
  • The R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute’s Bruce E. Maryanoff, for the development of Topamax® (topirama).

Nutrition & Agriculture

  • BASF Aktiengesellschaft’s Hubert Sauter for his significant contributions towards the discovery and development of Strobilurins.
  • The Procter & Gamble Company’s Haile Mehansho for discovering Margarine™, Choco Milk™ and Nurtri-Delight™.

Shelter & Global Communication

  • The Dow Chemical Company’s L. C. Rubens for his contributions to the discovery and commercialization of Polymeric Foam.
  • Xerox Corporation’s Damodar Pai, John Yanus and Milan Stolka for their significant contributions towards the first Organic Photoreceptor Device.

1999 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry with innovations in the food and agriculture fields:

  • American Cyanamid Co.’s Marinus Los for the discovery of the Imidazolinone Class of Herbicides.
  • Bayer Corp.’s Martin Gruss, Hans-Ferdinand Muisers, Kozo Shiokawa, Reinhard Lantzsch, Achim Noack, Rudiger Altmann, Konrad Scholz, Akira Imokawa, Shinichi Tsuboi, Gary J. Aagesen, Val E. Clay and Francis T. McNamara for the development of Imidacloprid (Admire®, Confidor®, Connect®, Evidence®, Leverage®, Muralla®, Provado®, Trimax®).
  • Dow AgroSciences, LLC’s Etcyl Blair, Cleve Goring, Howard Johnston, F. John Peskett, Ray Rigterink, Art Sexton and Bill Taplin for the development and commercialization of Pyridine-Based Products.
  • DuPont’s George Levitt for the discovery of the Sulfonylurea Class of Herbicides.
  • Hercules, Inc.’s Timothy C. Gerrish, Lawrence Carosino, Kenneth L. Chambliss and Pong-Kuen P. Kuo for the development of Slendid™.
  • National Starch and Chemical Co.’s Carlyle Gordon Caldwell for the advancement of Starch Chemistry.
  • Pfizer Inc’s Kelvin S. Holdom, Stephen P. Gibson, Alexander C. Goudie and Edmund W. Hafner for devoloping Doramectin.
  • The Procter & Gamble Co.’s Patrick Corrigan for the design process and conditions for Olean®.

1998 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry with petrochemical innovations in the automotive field:

  • Ashland Chemical Co.’s Dennis Fisher for the development of Phase Beta™ and HIPPI ™ sheet molding compounds.
  • Exxon Chemical / PARAMINS’s Gary Ver Strate, Ricardo Bloch, Mark Struglinskki, John Johnston and Roger West for the invention of Lubricant Viscosity Modifier.
  • Mobil Technology Co.’s Mike Ramage for the creation of Mobil 1® Series.
  • Phillips Petroleum’s
    - J. Paul Hogan and Robert L. Banks for the development of High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene.
    - Marvin M. Johnson for the creation of Phillips Petroleum.
  • Texaco Inc.’s Mary E. Dery, Sheldon Herbstman, Benjamin J. Kaufman, Jack M. Larkin, Joseph M. Russo and Wei Yang Su for the development of CleanSystem-3 Gasoline Additive Team.
  • University Oil Products (UOP)’s Alan P. Cohen, Sue Correll, Peter Coughlin and Jack Hurst for the development of XH-7 Molecular Sieves.

1997 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry with environmental safety, protection and technologies:

  • 3M’s Scott Thomas, John C. Hansen, Daniel Vitcak, Thomas Herzberg, John Owens, Hideto Yanome, Paul Lieder, Frank Klink, Richard Minday, Richard Flynn and Dean S. Milbrath for their development of Hydrofluoroethers.
  • AlliedSignal’s Russell W. Johnson, Rajat Basu, Michael Hughes, Addison Smith, Harry Tung and David Wilson for the development of the Allied Signal EnergetX™ Process.
  • DuPont’s Walter Cicha, Andrew Degraff Jr., R. Bertrum Diemer, Jr., Kang Lin, Leo Manzer, Brandley Martin, Paula Solomon, Stan Ziemecki and Charles Bellini for the development of an Innovative Replacement Catalyst.
  • Eastman Kodak’s Sheridan Vincent for the development of Process RA-4.
  • IBM’s Jeff Zimmerman for his contributions in the development of a No-Clean Flux Solder Process.
  • Phillips Petroleum’s Elizabeth Benham, Michael Smith and Max McDaniel for their work in creating Phillips Low Density Linear Polyethylene.
  • Stepan’s Warren Kaplan for the development of a Production Process for Polyurethane Rigid Foams.
  • Union Camp’s Bruce Griggs, Spencer Eachus, Thomas Gandek, Michael Pikulin and David White for the development of the Union Camp C-Free Pulp Bleaching Process.

1996 Heroes of Chemistry

Heroes of Chemistry with innovations for the space industry:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.’s
    - Lee Gaumer for the development of Qualities of Liquid Hydrogen.
    - Edward Kiczek and Paul Mattiola for the development of the Phase Flow Meter Project.
    - Venkat Raman for the development of Futuristic uses for Hydrogen.
  • Albemarle’s C. Ted Bounds, Larry East, Clarice Hanusz, Wayne C. Lotz and William Wolvert on for the development of Artificial March.
  • Alliant Tech System’s Paul Miller for the development of Super Absorbent Materials.
  • Eastman Kodak’s Richard Wien, Jr. for his work on Image Quality and Customized Digital Imaging System.
  • General Magnaplate’s Charles P. Covino for the development of Tuffram and HI-T-LUBE®.
  • Hamilton Standard’s Philip J. Birbara and Timothy A. Nalette for the development of Regenerable Carbon Dioxide Sorbent.
  • Inorganic Coatings, Inc.’s Scott Armstrong for the creation of IC 531.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories’ Leroy Chiao for the development of Graphite Fiber/Epoxy Composite Material.
  • Morton International’s Michael Pickering for the development of Silicon Carbide Fiber.
  • NASA Langley Research Center’s Henry G. Reichle Jr. for the development of Tropospheric Photochemical Modeling.
  • PCP, Inc.’s Martin J. Cohen for the development of Ion Mobility Spectrometer.
  • System & Process Engineering Corp.’s Robert C. Chen for his work on Chemical Biological Sensors.
  • Thiokol Corp.’s
    - Greg L. Anderson for the development of Silane Adhesion Promoter.
    - Roger R. Hendrickson for the development of Solid Propellants.
    - Russel A. Crook, Michael W. Lesley and James Sinclair for the development of Ozone Depleting Compounds.
  • TRW, Inc.’s Tito Serafini for the development of PMR- 15.0.