Winners of the SCS Industrial Science Awards 2020

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It’s our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2020 SCS Industrial Science Awards. We would like to sincerely congratulate the three winners and we are looking forward to the award lectures that will take place on the occasion of the SCS Fall Meeting at University of Bern, Von Roll Campus on August 24 and 25, 2020.


SCS Senior Industrial Science Award 2020

The prize is given to honor very successful and established investigators with outstanding achievements over many years. The winner receives a certificate and a cash check of CHF 10’000.

Dr. Frank Petersen, Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG, Basel,
is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of natural product research over three decades that includes the investigations for several products on the market or in clinical evaluation, the integration of natural product based scaffolds classes in chemical biology for the identification of novel targets, but also the partnerships in microbial sourcing and in accessing isolated plant metabolites in Africa, China, and Thailand.

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Dr. Hasane Ratni, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel,
is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions to medicinal chemistry and his track record of delivering successful clinical development candidates resulting in five molecules entering human clinical trials. This includes the seminal work on RNA interaction with small molecules leading to the discovery of risdiplam. 

Past winners of the Senior Industrial Science Award
2019: Dr. Fabrice Gallou, Novartis
2018: Dr. Clemence Lamberth, Syngenta,
2017: Dr. Emmanuel Pinard, Roche and Dr. Thomas Netscher, DSM
2016: Dr. Eric Francotte, Novartis and Prof. Peter Nesvadba, BASF
2015: Dr. Michelangelo Scalone, Roche
2014: Dr. Werner Neidhart, Roche
2013: Dr. Ian Lewis, Novartis and PD Dr. Werner Bonrath, DSM


SCS Industrial Science Award 2020

The prize is given to honor successful investigators with outstanding achievements. The winner receives a certificate and a cash check of CHF 7’000.

Dr. Denis JacobyFirmenich SA, Geneva,
gets the award to honor his outstanding achievements at Firmenich especially the development of major new processes for several key perfumery ingredients that are manufactured on multi MT scale today.

Past winners of the Industrial Science Award
2019: Dr. Christoph Boss, Idorsia
2017: Dr. Richard Sedrani, Novartis
2016: Dr. Martin H. Bolli, Actelion and Dr. Andreas Herrmann, Firmenich
2015: Dr. Dietmar Hüglin, BASF
2014: Dr. Andreas Natsch, Givaudan and Dr. Wolfgang Jahnke, Novartis
2013: Dr. Mark Rogers-Evans, Roche
 

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This award program was implemented in 2013 by the Swiss Chemical Society in collaboration with industrial partners and supporters to honor successful industrial scientists working in Switzerland. The program targets scientists from companies of any size working in the field of chemistry or chemical related sciences.
The nomination deadline for the 2021 awards is September 30, 2020 and nominations are welcome from
- senior scientists or direct line managers to honor a successful team member
candidates (self-nomination) incl. a supporting letter from the direct line manager or another senior scientist of the candidate’s company 
third parties incl. a supporting letter from a senior scientist of the candidate’s employer.

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David Spichiger, SCS
05.03.2020