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Prix Galien USA Recognizes Biotech, Pharmaceutical Industries for Innovative Medical Treatments
Date:9/25/2008

Awards for best biotechnology and best pharmaceutical agents honored outstanding drugs for treating cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-altering diseases

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Prix Galien USA 2008 (http://www.prix-galien-usa.com) last night recognized the innovations and ingenuities of biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies and researchers for the development of drugs that address pervasive illness and diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, hypertension and others.

At the ceremony, Sheldon Segal, distinguished scientist at the Population Council, received the Pro Bono Humanum Award for spearheading an innovative, collaborative and charitable coalition approach toward developing and distributing implantable hormone delivery systems used for birth control and family planning, improving the quality of life of more than 8 million women worldwide. The award, which was given by Elie Wiesel, also recognized other coalition members the late Judah Folkman of Harvard University, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Dow-Corning and Wyeth for their contributions to this science-based global effort to improve reproductive health, especially in underserved countries.

"The therapeutic agents recognized by Prix Galien USA represent the best of the best, impacting such conditions as cancer, HIV/AIDS and human debility, and serve as examples of what the biopharmaceutical industry can do to improve the human condition," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Prix Galien USA committee chair, New York University professor emeritus and editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. "We are living in the midst of a biological revolution and the breakthrough agents honored by the Prix Galien USA illustrate the substantial research and development necessary to bring the fruits of that revolution in molecular medicine to the clinic."

The Prix Galien USA 2008 winners include:

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