KGF-SCS Industrial Science Awards 2015

KGF-SCS Industrial Science Awards 2015

Author: ChemViews

Three outstanding researchers in industry have received the KGF-SCS Industrial Science Awards 2015 by the Contact Group for Research Matters (KGF) and the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS).

The awards honor successful investigators with outstanding achievements and were featured with award lectures at the SCS Fall Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 4, 2015.

KGF-SCS Distinguished Industrial Science Award 2015

Jürg ZimmermannDr. Jürg Zimmermann, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland, received the Distinguished Industrial Science Award for the discovery of protein kinase inhibitors, which had an important impact on the research and therapy of cancer and other diseases. The discovery and development of Imatinib (Gleevec) has revolutionized the therapy of certain forms of leukemia, and also influenced research projects in both industry and academia.

Jürg Zimmermann received his Ph.D from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, under the supervision of Dieter Seebach in 1988. After postdoctoral research in Australia and Canada, he joined Ciba-Geigy, Basel, Switzerland, as Medicinal Chemist in 1990. In 1998, Zimmermann became Head of Combinatorial Chemistry, CTA, at Novartis. Since 2011, he is Global Head of Oncology, Infectious Disease, and Exploratory Chemistry there.

KGF-SCS Senior Industrial Science Award 2015

Michelangelo ScaloneThis year’s Senior Industrial Science Award went to Dr. Michelangelo Scalone, F. Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland, for his outstanding contributions to the design of new, short, and cost-efficient syntheses for many development projects by applying asymmetric catalytic reactions, and for his longtime success and expertise in leading the Center of Excellence Catalysis at Roche.

Michelangelo Scalone received his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, under the supervision of Piero Pino in 1983. In 1984, he started as Scientist in the Catalysis and Process Research Group at F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Today, he works at Roche as Distinguished Scientist and Head of the Center of Excellence Metal Catalysis within the Process Research and Development Department.

KGF-SCS Industrial Science Award 2015

Dietmar HüglinDr. Dietmar Hüglin, BASF Schweiz AG, Basel, Switzerland, received the Industrial Science Award for his contribution to developing new ingredients for consumer product markets and specifically for the discovery, research, and development of cosmetic UV absorbers combining chemistry with nano-technology. These innovations are setting standards in high performance photo-protection of human skin.

Dietmar Hüglin received his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in the group of H. Zimmermann in 1989. He worked as a Research Chemist at Ciba-Geigy, Basel, Switzerland, and at OCG, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, before joining BASF AG in 2009 as Global Head of Research Stabilizers within BASF’s Specialty Chemicals Research Division. Since 2014, Hüglin heads BASF’s Research Center in Basel.

Selected Publications by Jürg Zimmermann


Selected Publications by Michelangelo Scalone


Selected Publications by Dietmar Hüglin


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