Meet The Heroes of Chemistry: Featuring the Scientists behind Paxlovid™, RelyX™, and Trikafta®

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Not all heroes wear capes…some wear lab coats, safety goggles, and protective gloves! Learn how these scientists and engineers overcame challenges on their journeys to bring important discoveries to market that have helped save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, improved outcomes for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, and even simplified how dentists install implants while making it less painful for the patient.

Join a panel of past ACS Heroes of Chemistry winners featuring Jisun Lee of Pfizer for Paxlovid™ which was FDA authorized for emergency treatment of patients with COVID-19, Christoph Thalacker of Solventum Dental Solutions (formerly 3M Oral Care Solutions) for the RelyX™ Unicem and Universal Dental Cements, which enable dental implant procedures that are simpler with virtually no post-operative sensitivities, and Mark Miller of Vertex Pharmaceuticals for Trikafta®, which takes a novel approach to the treatment of cystic fibrosis in adults and children by combining three active compounds to treat the underlying genetic defects that cause the disease. During this interactive panel discussion, learn how these teams succeeded in both internal and external collaboration, tips for how chemists can grow their career while working on life-changing discoveries, and discover the necessary details regarding eligibility to be nominated for the ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Judith C. Giordan of the American Chemical Society and co-produced with ACS Industry Member Programs and ACS Committee on Corporation Associates.

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What You Will Learn

  • How chemists can achieve success in their industry careers outside of award recognition 
  • How to find your role within a team and how to collaborate with others outside your team during your different career stages 
  • What are some of the highlights and unique challenges of industrial R&D compared with academia

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Jisun Lee
Senior Principal Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer

Christoph Thalacker
Division Scientist, Solventum Dental Solutions 

Mark Miller
Executive Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Judith C. Giordan
Co-founder of the Chemical Angels Network, Managing Director of ecosVC, Inc., and ACS President 2023

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