ACS Heroes of Chemistry

2017 Heroes of Chemistry Winners

ACS would like to congratulate the following winners:

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: Pioneered the development of direct acting antiviral agents -- Daklinza™ and Sunvepra™ -- that have produced hepatitis C cure rates of greater than 95 percent. Awardees: Paul Scola, Li-Qiang Sun, Alan Wang, Fiona McPhee, Makonen Belema, Nicholas Meanwell, Min Gao, Van Nguyen, Lawrence Snyder, Lawrence Hamann, Andrew Good

  • Corning: Invented ClearCurve® optical fibers to solve one of the major hurdles of optical fiber technology: bendability. Awardees: Dana Bookbinder, Ming-Jun Li, Pushkar Tandon

  • The Dow Chemical Company: Developed AVANSE™ acrylic resins and EVOQUE™ pre-composite polymers to help make architectural paints greener and more economical. Awardees: James Bardman, Marie Bleuzen, James Bohling, Ward Brown, Alvin Maurice, Stan Brownell, Beth Cooper, Steven Edwards, Catherine Finegan, Melinda Keefe, Ozzie Pressley, William Rohrbach, Wei Zhang, John Hook, Kebede Beshah, Michael Clark, Linda Adamson, David Fasano                
  • DuPont Crop Protection: Discovered DuPont™ Zorvec™, the first member of a novel class of fungicides to control diseases caused by oomycete pathogens. Awardees: John Andreassi, Mary Ann Hanagan, Lisa Hoffman, Robert Pasteris, James Sweigard
  • Genentech: Discovered and developed ERIVEDGE® (vismodegib), the first medicine to be approved for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced basal cell carcinoma. Awardees: Dan Sutherlin, Jim Marsters, Janet Gunzner, Mike Koehler, Vickie Tsui, Shumei Wang, Georgette Castanedo, Scott Savage, Kirk Robarge, Remy Angelaud

  • Merck:  Developed ZEPATIER®, a prescription medicine to treat chronic hepatitis C infection in adults. Awardees: Craig Coburn, Steven Harper, Daria Hazuda, Kate Holloway, Bin Hu, Nigel Liverton, John McCauley, Craig McKelvey, Mark McLaughlin, Peter Meinke, Michael Rudd, Vincenzo Summa, Feng Xu, Bin Zhong, Ping Zhaung       

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Heroes of Chemistry

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What is the Heroes of Chemistry Award?

Who are our heroes today? The media recognizes athletes and entertainers, as well as policemen and firefighters, as heroes. Chemistry has its heroes too; they are scientists and engineers who have made the world better through their effort, ingenuity, creativity and perseverance.  The life-saving treatments and conveniences of the modern world would not be possible without the materials, drugs, and other products of chemistry.

Heroes of Chemistry is an annual award sponsored by the American Chemical Society that recognizes talented industrial chemical scientists whose work has led to the development of successful commercialized products ingrained with chemistry for the benefit of humankind.

2016 Heroes of Chemistry Recipients

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GlaxoSmithKline and Shionogi – TIVICAY® (dolutegravir) for the treatment of HIV-1

Awardees: Brian Johns (GSK) and Takashi Kawasuji (Shionogi)

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Honeywell – HFO-1234yf, a non-ozone-depleting and low-global-warming-potential hydrofluoro-olefin refrigerant for mobile air conditioning systems

Awardees: Nacer Achaichia, Amy Jones, Hang Pham, Robert Richard, Rajiv Singh, Harry Tung, Ron Vogl

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Honeywell UOP – Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™

Awardees: Chad Cavan, Ralph Davis, Donald Eizenga, Daniel Ellig, Stanley Frey, Tom Kalnes, Michael McCall, Hieu (Sunny) Nguyen, James Wexler, and Randall Williams

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Pfizer – IBRANCE® (palbociclib) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer

Awardees: Mark Barvian, R. John Booth, Brian Chekal, Nga Do, Shengquan Duan, David Erdman, Nathan Ide, Kyle Leeman, Rong Li, Mark Maloney, Jade Nelson, John Quin, III, Joseph Repine, Derek Sheehan, Karen Sutherland, Peter Toogood, Scott VanderWel, Brian Weekley, Weili Yu, Hairong Zhou