'Heroes of Chemistry' honored for medical, energy, environmental breakthroughs

and Leads Generation at ExxonMobil. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1976.
  • Jocelyn Kowalski is a consultant to ExxonMobil's Catalyst Technology group. She received an M.S. in ceramic engineering from Rutgers University in 1989.
  • Sharon McCullen, Ph.D., is an attorney with Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1982.
  • David Olson, Ph.D., has retired, having worked in ExxonMobil's Central Research Laboratory for more than 35 years. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University in 1963.

Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland, developed Exjade (deferasirox) as a new treatment to help patients who get an iron overload from blood transfusions. A breakthrough in removing excess iron from the blood (chelation therapy), Exjade is given once-daily as a drink. Iron chelation is often necessary to prevent potentially life-threatening complications of excess iron in patients who receive regular blood transfusions for diseases such as thalassemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, sickle cell disease and other anemias. Tens of thousands of children and adults around the world have these diseases. For many, the need for transfusions and chelation are life-long. A single dose of Exjade works throughout the entire day, removing excess iron -- including highly toxic labile plasma (unbound) iron -- from key organs such as the liver and heart.

  • Pierre Acklin, Ph.D., was Head, Analytical and Imaging Sciences for the Discovery Technology department at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. He received his Ph.D. from the ETH Zurich, in 1991. He died in April of 2006.
  • Peter Bhlmayer, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Program Team Head in the department of Autoimmunity and Transplantation at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. He received his Ph


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