SHANGHAI, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Joseph Vacca, Senior Vice President of the Early Success Sharing Partnerships (ESSP) business unit of WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: WX), a leading research and development outsourcing company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, was inducted into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society with more than 164,000 members. The induction was held in August 2012 during the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. Dr. Vacca was honored for his outstanding contributions to the discovery of novel therapeutics, including CRIXIVAN™, Isentress™, and many compounds in advanced clinical studies.
In the spirit of celebrating excellence, WuXi hosted a special luncheon to honor Dr. Vacca, attended by many colleagues, collaborators, and distinguished guests of WuXi's global network. At the event, several leading chemists praised Dr. Vacca's accomplishments.
"Dr. Vacca sets the standard of leadership in the discipline of drug discovery," commented Dr. Paul Anderson, former Merck Chemistry Site Head, past ACS President, and winner of the ACS Priestley Medal.
"Advancing innovative science to effective therapies is an enormous challenge that requires strong partnership between academia and industry," added Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, the 2012 ACS Arthur C. Cope Award recipient, Ernest W. Hahn Professor of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute, and President of Academia Sinica. "Expertise from veterans like Dr. Vacca will be vital to speed translation of discoveries into medicines for patients."
"We are particularly delighted that ACS has recognized Dr. Vacca's contributions to the chemical society and to industry through his leadership in the discovery of important, ground-breaking
|SOURCE WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc.|
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