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Sarpong wins AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award

Richmond Sarpong

November 04, 2008

Chemistry professor Richmond Sarpong has won the AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry award. The award, which recognizes contributions to the art of organic chemistry, is presented annually to two talented academic researchers who have demonstrated distinct achievements in synthetic, mechanistic, or bioorganic chemistry. Christina White of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is the other recipient.

The award recipients were selected by a team of AstraZeneca's senior scientists in consultation with colleagues in academia. Past winners include many scientists who have gone on to become leaders in the organic chemistry community and have significantly contributed to the development of new chemical methods that have become invaluable to the creation of new drug entities.

Each awardee is presented with a $50,000 unrestricted research grant intended to help foster continued growth and development of his/her research program.

Sarpong was recognized for his research in the development of metal-catalyzed reactions and their application to the synthesis of natural products that show interesting biological activity. The core of his methodology may allow entry into the development of versatile new approaches to therapeutic targets.

Professor Sarpong has received multiple awards, including a National Science Foundation-CAREER Award. He presented "Strategies and Tactics Inspired by Seven-Membered Rings in Natural Products" at the Excellence in Chemistry ceremony. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, October 30 at AstraZeneca's U.S. Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of meaningful prescription medicines and supplier for healthcare services.

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