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Roche Scientist Recognized for Excellence in Peptide Chemistry
Date:10/7/2009

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Waleed Danho, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Leader at Roche was honored last week as the 2009 recipient of the Meienhofer Award for excellence in peptide chemistry at the international peptide symposium, RCCPS (http://www.rochecolorado.com/PeptideSymp09/). Hosted by Roche Colorado, the company's peptide manufacturing facility in Boulder, RCCPS is the only global conference exclusively dedicated to peptides. For Danho, who has a world-wide reputation as a leader and innovator in the field of peptide chemistry and the application of peptide chemistry to drug discovery, this was the second prestigious award he garnered this year.

"Each year, the world's leading peptide scientists honor one of their own at RCCPS for a lifetime of outstanding achievement," said the symposium's co-chair, Ralph Di Libero. "The selection of Waleed as the 2009 Meienhofer Award recipient is particularly compelling as it speaks volumes to the central role that Roche is playing, through all stages of drug development, at demonstrating the viability of synthetic peptide therapeutics."

This theme was echoed by Danho. "There were many who doubted the viability of synthetic peptides, relegating promising medicinal compounds to the shelf. Roche kept its faith in my vision for the future of peptides and their faith is beginning to bear fruit, with many synthetic peptides now providing meaningful health benefits and many more in the pipeline."

"Of course," concluded Danho, "I accept this tribute with due respect for my colleagues in the peptide field who helped advance the science to its present place of influence in the pharmaceutical industry. That is what makes the Meienhofer Award, receiving it as I did during this premier gathering of peptide scientists, such a meaningful tribute."


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