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WuXi Employees Honored at ACS National Meeting

The global chemistry community met in Indiana for the 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition. WuXi was at the event, and we had much to celebrate, with two of our colleagues being recognized for their achievements.

As we delightfully announced in July, Weichang Zhou, our VP of Biologics Process Development, was named in the 2013 Class of ACS Fellows, for his outstanding accomplishments in biologics development and tremendous contributions to the ACS Division of Biochemical Technology. The induction ceremony was held during ACS National Meeting, recognizing Weichang and 95 other distinguished members of the American Chemical Society.

Joe Vacca, our SVP of Early Success Sharing Partnership, and his former Merck colleagues were honored as “Heroes of Chemistry”. The Merck team was recognized for the development of Isentress® (raltegravir), a potent integrase inhibitor for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.

The meeting also presented an opportunity to talk to many peers, and we left inspired by the power of innovation that holds promise for better medicines faster. A particular highlight was Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter’s talk at the ACS Senior Chemist Breakfast. In the speech, titled Innovation – The Long Run, Lechleiter laid out what he views as the three key elements necessary to realize the promise of pharmaceutical innovation.

“First we must cultivate an ecosystem of innovation. That’s the environment in which innovation can not only survive but thrive; second, we must capture and articulate a vision of innovation, and appreciation of possibilities that allow innovation to achieve its full potential. And third, we must develop a network of innovation, one bring together the diverse talents of people in this room and people around the world,” Lechleiter said.
ACS President Marinda Wu touched on similar themes in her remarks, which also emphasized the shift towards a network of innovation. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs may now hold the key to new discoveries needed to help chemistry solve the great global challenges facing society in the 21st Century,” Wu said. WuXi is proud to contribute to this network, and is already looking forward to next year’s ACS meeting.

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