Sponsor: Dow Chemical and endowed by Rohm and Haas
Citation: For their outstanding success in developing a sustainable and efficient synthesis of nevirapine through a process intensification that reduced cost and improved access to HIV/AIDS treatment.
Current position: Floyd D. Gottwald Professor and chair, department of chemical and life science engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Richmond; M.S., chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University
Gupton on what he hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “We recently established the Medicines for All Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The mission of the institute is to expand global access to lifesaving medications by finding new ways to make them more efficiently. I expect in doing so that we can effect significant improvements in the way drugs are produced in the 21st century.”
D. Tyler McQuade
Current position: professor of chemical and life science engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
Education: B.S., chemistry and biology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
McQuade on his work:“It is beyond gratifying on both a personal and professional level to know that Frank and I—with the support of our incredibly talented teams—have not only advanced the field of efficient synthesis in significant ways through our work but have directly improved the lives and health of people worldwide we’ll likely never meet.”
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