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Roche Symposium Showcases Accomplishments of Next Generation of Chemists
Date:5/23/2011

NUTLEY, N.J., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Roche honored 12 outstanding PhD students and two professors with the company's Excellence in Chemistry Award for research accomplishments in the field of organic chemistry. The winners are participating in Roche's annual two-day Roche Symposium: Excellence in Chemistry to gain first hand knowledge on the important role organic chemistry plays in pharmaceutical discovery.

"These students come from a broad range of universities and experiences and are some of the best and brightest in the field," said Karen Lackey, Vice President and Head, Discovery Chemistry at Roche. "We welcome their insights and expertise as well as the opportunity to showcase how chemistry plays a vital role in the development of new medicines."

During the symposium, students will have opportunities to discuss their research projects, hear overviews of the drug discovery process by Roche scientists, and case histories in medicinal and process chemistry as well as tour the Nutley campus. There will also be a plenary lecture by the 2011 faculty award winner Professor Vy Dong of the University of Toronto in Canada.  Professor David Gin of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, who passed away in March of 2011, was also selected as one of this year's plenary lecturers. In his honor, Troy Reynolds of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a guest speaker.

2011 Student Recipients
Representing a range of 10 prestigious institutions, the 12 winners this year are: D. Karl Bedke (University of California, Irvine), Ian Dailey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Adel ElSohly (Columbia University), Fang Gao (Boston College), Allen Hong (California Institute of Technology), Daniel Robbins (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), David Sarlah (The Scripps Research Institute), Danielle Schultz (University of Michigan), Jun Shi (The Scripps Research Institute), Genessa Smith (Colorado S
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