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SAN FRANCISCO -- An antibiotic that fights resistant bacteria, chemotherapy for a rare cancer, methods to make fiber glass and refrigerants more environmentally friendly, a more productive and safer way to transport needed toxic gases, and a drug to fight serious fungal infections are the creations of the 2006 Heroes of Chemistry. The scientists will be honored for these accomplishments in San Francisco on Sept. 10 at the 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Twenty-four research chemists were named Heroes of Chemistry by the ACS for improving health and well-being by creating new drugs or other products and inventing environmentally friendly and more effective technologies. The awards specifically honor "chemical innovators whose work has led to the welfare and progress of humanity" in a significant way in the past decade.

The scientists were part of multidisciplinary teams representing six companies -- ATMI, DuPont, Eli Lilly and Co., Merck & Co., Inc., Rohm and Haas Co., and Wyeth. Individuals are nominated by their companies and the winners are chosen by an ACS panel in recognition of industrial work that has lead to the successful development and commercial sale of a technological product.

"Heroes save lives and change them for the better," said ACS President E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D. "This year's Heroes of Chemistry have improved our lives through their inventions. We at ACS celebrate them and the corporate management that supports innovations that bring the benefits of chemistry to us all, every day."

The Heroes of Chemistry program, started in 1996 by the ACS, honors industrial chemists and chemical engineers who create commercially successful products that improve the quality of life.

The keynote speaker for the 2006 Heroes awards program is Paul Farmer, Ph.D., M.D., medical anthropologist and physician, who has spent his career treating the poor. Fol
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Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
28-Aug-2006


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