Public Release:  AAPS announces 2011 NBC award winners

Grantees honored as finest in field of biotechnology

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

SAN FRANCISCO - (May 16, 2011) - In the Opening Session of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' (AAPS) 2011 National Biotechnology Conference, AAPS President Philip R. Mayer, Ph.D., presented the following ground-breaking researchers with awards commemorating their contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences:

Excellence in Ligand-Binding Assay Award - Sponsored by Millipore

  • From Bristol-Myers Squibb: Murli Krishna, Ph.D., Alexander Kozhich, Ph.D., Suk Kwok, Zhen Lou, and Paul Rhyne, Ph.D.-- "Ligand Binding Assays to Measure Free, Total and Complexed Therapeutic Protein and its Target"

Innovation in Biotechnology Awards - Sponsored by Genentech

  • From The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy: Chenguang Zhou-- "Cellular Pharmacokinetics (PK) and Target Gene Knockdown of Surfactant- and Lipid-based Nanocarriers (NCs) of siRNA"
  • From University of California Riverside: Kaila Bennett-- "Engineering a T-cell Independent Vaccine for the Mucosal Immune System"
  • From Amgen, Inc.: Suzanna Tatarewicz-- "Epitope Characterization of Anti-Therapeutic Antibodies to IgG1 Therapeutics"
  • From University of Toronto: Matthew Durk-- "Regulation of Brain P-glycoprotein (P-gp) by the Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) Leads to Reduced Accumulation of Beta Amyloids"
  • From Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Diwakar Shukla--"Additives for Inhibiting Protein Aggregation"

Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium Awards - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company

NOTE: The Graduate Student Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at noon in Yosemite Rooms A and B of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

  • Lubna M. Abuqayyas - State University of New York, Buffalo "Use of Modeling and Simulation to Investigate the Influence of co-Administered Soluble Antigen Fragments on the Tumor Penetration of mAbs"
  • Ying He - University of Illinois at Chicago "Substance P Release Mediated by Synchronized Activation of PKA and PKC Serves as a Cellular Mechanism for Paclitaxel-Induced Persistent Pain"
  • Nishant Kumar Jain ¬¬¬¬- Department of Biotechnology, NIPER Mohali "Selection of RNA Aptamer(s) for Stabilization of Tetanus Toxoid against Moisture-Induced Aggregation"
  • Tao Wang - Northeastern University "Landscape Phage Fusion Protein Self-Assembled with Pharmaceutical Nanocarriers for Targeted and Cytoplasmic Delivery of Chemotherapeutics to Breast Cancer Cells"

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