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New 'Heroes of Chemistry' developed products that improve health and protect food supply
Date:9/8/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8, 2012 Scientists who developed medicines and crop protection products that improve life for millions of people around the world will be inducted into a scientific "Hall of Fame" today, becoming the newest Heroes of Chemistry, an honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.

Heroes of Chemistry recognizes scientists whose innovative work in chemistry and chemical engineering led to the development of commercial products that benefit humankind.

The ceremony, part of the ACS' 246th National Meeting & Exposition, which began today and continues through Thursday, will honor scientific teams that developed:

  • A new insect-control product that has an excellent environmental profile and protects the global food supply from damaging insects to help feed a growing population that is surging beyond 7 billion.

  • The first medicine approved in a class of antiretroviral drugs called integrase inhibitors for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infects 70 million people.

  • A drug that brought "personalized medicine" treatment tailored for the genetic endowment of individual patients to people with a form of lung cancer that occurs in younger nonsmokers.

  • A new "personalized medicine" drug for people with cystic fibrosis, which treats the underlying cause of the disease in patients with a specific genetic mutation.

"The Heroes of Chemistry program highlights the vital role of chemists who work in pharmaceutical companies and other industry settings to improve human welfare by inventing and introducing new products and other innovations," said Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D., ACS president. "All too often, the people behind the products remain anonymous and invisible to the public that bene
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Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
317-262-5907 (Indianapolis Press Center, Sept. 6-11)
202-872-6042

Michael Woods
m_woods@acs.org
317-262-5907 (Indianapolis Press Center, Sept. 6-11)
202-872-6293

American Chemical Society
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