Public Release:  AAPS announces 2013 National Biotechnology Conference award winners

Grantees to be recognized as this year's finest in field of biotechnology

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

SAN DIEGO- At the Plenary Session of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2013 National Biotechnology Conference, AAPS President Tony DeStefano, Ph. D. will present the following ground-breaking researchers with awards commemorating their contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences:

AAPS Ligand Binding Assays Award

Sponsored by EMD Millipore

  • Alison Joyce, B.S. (lead author); Sheldon Leung, Ph.D.; Beth Leary, M.S.; Franklin Spriggs, B.S.; Denise O'Hara, Ph.D.
    "Using Design of Experiments to Study Assay Buffer Component Effects across Multiple Ligand-binding Assay Platforms"

AAPS Research Achievement in Biotechnology Award

Sponsored by Hoffman LaRoche

NOTE: The Research Achievement Award in Biotechnology is being presented at the Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Seabreeze Room of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. All registered attendees and press are welcome to attend. .

  • Rodney J Y Ho, Ph.D.
    University of Washington

AAPS Innovation in Biotechnology Awards

Sponsored by Genentech

NOTE: The Innovation in Biotechnology Awards will take place on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the Harbor Island II Room of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. All registered attendees and press are welcome to attend.

  • Qingguo Xu, Ph.D.
    Johns Hopkins University
    "Nanoparticle Diffusion in the Vitreous for Ocular Drug Delivery and Gene Therapy"

  • Piotr Pierog, Ph.D.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb "
    Detection of Circulating Immune Complexes Composed of Biotherapeutic and Anti-drug Antibodies from In Vivo Cynomolgus Serum Samples"

  • Sunday Shoyele, Ph.D.
    Thomas Jefferson University
    "Targeting Intracellular Oncoproteins with Chemoelectronucleation-produced Self-associated Monoclonal Antibody Nanoparticles

  • Zhiqi Hao, Ph.D.
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    "A High Resolution Bench-Top Orbitrap LC-MS Workflow Solution for Comprehensive Intact Monoclonal Antibody Characterization"

  • Hemachand Tummala, M. Pharm, Ph.D.
    South Dakota State University
    "Designing of a Novel Pathogen Mimicking Particulate Delivery System (PMPDS) for Vaccines"

Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium Awards

Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company

NOTE: The Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium Awards will take place on Wednesday, May 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Seabreeze Room of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. All registered attendees and press are welcome to attend.

  • Martha K. Pastuszka
    University of Southern California
    "Development of a Thermally Responsive Intracellular Switch"

  • Yang Li
    Johns Hopkins University
    "Targeting Collagen Strands by Triple-helix Hybridization"

  • Shardool Jain
    Northeastern University
    "Anti-inflammatory Gene Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis using Macrophage-targeted Alginate Nanoparticles"

  • Lavanya K. Iyer
    Purdue University
    "Photolytic Labeling with Mass Spectrometric Analysis to Probe Protein-matrix Interactions in Lyophilized Solids"

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Editor's Note: To request an interview with or photograph of a 2013 Award Winner, please contact Kimberly Brown at BrownK@aaps.org or 703-248-4772.

About the 2013 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference: The 2013 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) will gather scientists from industry, government, and academia for three days of educational offerings specifically geared toward the biotechnology sector of the pharmaceutical sciences. The conference kicks off with two AAPS Workshops as well as the 2013 AAPS Immunogenicity Training Course II: Advanced Topics in Evaluation of the Immunogenicity of Biotherapeutics, and three short courses. The 2013 NBC programming will consist of a plenary session, 20 symposia, 9 roundtables, contributed paper poster presentations, and four hot topics. Additionally, an Exposition Hall will be hosting over 110 major companies featuring new technologies. There will also be job boards available highlighting new, biotech career opportunities. Follow us on Twitter @AAPSComms; official Twitter hashtag for the meeting is #NBC2013.

About AAPS: The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists is a professional, scientific society of approximately 11,000 members employed in academia, industry, government and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to serve the public and enhance their contributions to health. AAPS offers timely scientific programs, on-going education, information resources, opportunities for networking, and professional development. Visit http://www.aaps.org today.

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