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Roche Symposium Showcases Accomplishments of Next Generation of Chemists
Date:5/14/2008

- Outstanding Graduate Students and Professors Honored for Their Research -

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche has honored 12 outstanding Ph.D. students and two professors with the company's Excellence in Chemistry Award for research accomplishments in the field of organic chemistry. The winners participated in Roche's annual Chemistry Symposium where they gained a real-world perspective on the important role of organic chemistry in pharmaceutical discovery. This year's fifth annual symposium was held in Palo Alto on May 12 and 13. The event rotates annually between Roche research centers in Nutley, New Jersey, and Palo Alto, California.

"The Chemistry Symposium is a bridge between cutting-edge researchers in academia and at Roche and is intended to honor the accomplishments of the awardees and to demonstrate the importance of chemistry in creating new medicines," said Eric Sjogren, Ph.D., vice president, Roche Medicinal Chemistry. "We hope that this next generation of chemists leaves with a deeper understanding of the vital role organic chemistry plays in the pharmaceutical industry."

During the symposium, students discussed their research projects and were given overviews of the drug discovery process by Roche scientists. In addition, there were plenary lectures by this year's faculty award winners: Professor Jeffrey W. Bode of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Dirk Trauner of the University of California, Berkeley. The awardees also heard case histories in medicinal and process chemistry and were given a tour of the Roche Palo Alto site.

Representing a range of prestigious institutions, the 12 winners this year were: Melissa Beenen (University of California, Berkeley), Landy K. Blasdel (Harvard University), Mark S. Chen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), John A. Enquist, Jr. (California Institute of Technology), Kami L. Hull (University of Michigan), Thomas J. Maimone (The Scripps Research Institut
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