Technical Achievement Awards
Charge of the Program
The purpose of the Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry (TAOC) award program is to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of organic chemistry from accomplished, professional chemists holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or the equivalent, who are pursuing careers in industrial or government sectors.
Selection of Awardees
Awardees are selected by the TAOC Awards Committee from a pool of candidates usually nominated by their respective employers, and are approved by the Executive Committee of the Division of Organic Chemistry. Nominations are accepted through the online Nomination Form and must include the following materials: (a) a letter containing the address of the nominator and information written on company letterhead of nomination that presents evidence that illustrates the accomplishments, creativity and independence of the nominee (b) the nominee's CV (including work address and e-mail) that includes a description of their educational background and experience, and publication and patent record and (c) any other information that documents the special achievements and/or contributions made by the nominee. Seconding letters and copies of selected publications will be considered, but are not necessary.
Events Associated with TAOC Awards
There are two events associated with the TAOC Awards. There is a luncheon for the awardees, typically on Wednesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting. The Awards are typically presented at this luncheon. There is a symposium (half or full day depending on the number of awardees), typically on Wednesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting.
Awardees present their recent discoveries in basic or developmental research during 30 minute presentations (time period is flexible depending on number of awardees) at the ACS National Fall Meeting. As an awards symposium, under ACS bylaws there is no question and answer period.
We encourage nominators to select candidates who are both excellent scientists and good communicators. To nominate a Bachelor's/Master's or equivalent level chemist for this symposium, please complete the online nomination form-Nominations for 2016 are Due January 31, 2016 (Note: Nominators must be members or affiliates of the ACS, Organic Division). The form requires a letter describing the nominee's contributions and the candidate's curriculum vitae. Additional letters and supporting documents are most welcome, but not essential. Nominees should hold at least a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent), be currently working in chemistry, and should not have received a previous Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry Award.
Questions may be directed to Katherine Lee via email email@example.com or by phone at 617-674-7299.
Submit the nomination through the Online Nomination Form. The nomination documents should be uploaded as a single PDF file. Please name the file using the following format: Nomineelastname_Nomineefirstname_TAOC.pdf. For example: Smith_Jane_TAOC.pdf.
Your PDF file should have the following parts in the following order:
- Nomination Letter on Company Letterhead
- Nominee's CV
- Supplementary Information (optional)
The TAOC was initiated in 1992, and as of 2015, there have been a total of 297 awards. A list of awardees and their affliations follows:
The 2015 Award Winners
Pictured L to R: Scott Bagley (TAOC Committee), Mark Bundesmann, Edmund Harrington, Sriram Tyagarajan, Timothy Braden, Jacqui Hoffman, Michael Kobierski, Andre Shavnya, Kenneth Engstrom, Thomas Pahutski, and Katherine Lee (2015 TAOC Committee Chair)
The 2014 Award Winners
Back (L to R) Bruce Bechle, John Rizzo, Scott Savage, Daniel Richter, Scott Bagley, Joel Calvin, Tim White Front (L to R) Robert Reamer, Craig Stump, John Guo, Nga Do, Roger Rothhaar
The 2013 Award Winners
Pictured Left to Right; Tim White, Mike Shevlin, Jonathan Grimm, Brian Wakefield, Kim Voronin, John Rizzo, Sharada LaBadie, Mike Collins, Usa Reilly, Scott Bagley, Teresa Makowski
The 2011 Award Winners
The 2010 Award Winners
Front Row: Paige Mahoney (2012 TAOC Chair), Kelly McClure, Nandini Patel, Perry Heath, Andrea Hillegrass, Jeff O’Meara, Michael Cobb, Judy Cohen (2011 TAOC Chair)
Back Row: Sammy Shave, Robert Kester, Paul Glossop, Charles Bernard, Tao Li, Enrique Vazquez, Maureen Chisholm, Chris Semko, Robert Shumate
Not pictured: Chris Welch (2010 TAOC Chair)
The 2009 Award Winners
Front Row: Kae M. Bullock (GlaxoSmithKline), Cornelia J. Forster (Novartis), Shaei Y. Huang (Merck), David W. Hoard (Eli Lilly and Company), Nelo R. Rivera (Merck), Keith A. Eagen (Schering-Plough) and Molly E. Hoke, (2009 TAOC Chair).
Back Row: Pete Delgado (Alcon Laboratories), Michael J. Palmer (Pfizer UK), Maria Angelica Linton (Pfizer), Thomas A. Chappie (Pfizer), William D. Miller (Eli Lilly and Company), Jeffrey C. Kern (Wyeth) and Daniel M. Green (Wyeth).
Missing from photo: Charles P. Vandenbossche (Sepracor), Chris Welch, 2010 Chair (Merck) and Judy Cohen, 2011 Chair (Cordis).
The 2008 Award Winners
Front Row (Left to right): Paula L. Sharpe (DuPont Crop Protection), Irene Drizin (Abbott), Joshua Kaplan (Wyeth), Rob Larsen (2008 TAOC Chair, Amgen), Huaqing Liu (Abbott), Michael T. Martin (GlaxoSmithKline)
Back Row: Molly Hoke (2009 TAOC Chair, Wyeth), Daniel S. Gardner, IV (Bristol-Myers Squibb), Andrew S Bell (Pfizer), John H. Tatlock (Pfizer), John P. Caldwell (Schering-Plough) , Brian C. Vanderplas (Pfizer), Kevin M. Belyk, (Merck), Peter J. Manley (Merck Research Laboratories)
Award Winners 2015
Timothy Braden Eli Lilly and Company Mark Bundesmann Pfizer Inc Kenneth Engstrom AbbVie Edmund Harrington Novartis Jacqui Hoffman Pfizer Inc Michael Kobierski Eli Lilly and Company Thomas Pahutski Dupont Andre Shavnya Pfizer Inc
Award Winners 2014
Scott Savage Genentech Nga Do Pfizer Roger Rothhaar Eli Lilly Craig Stump Merck Bruce Bechle Pfizer Robert Reamer Merck Joel Calvin Eli Lilly Daniel Richter Pfizer John Guo GSK Amber Mantz Janssen
Award Winners 2013
Scott Bagley Pfizer Inc. Michael Collins Pfizer Inc. Jonathan Grimm Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sharada LaBadie Genentech, Inc. Teresa Makowski Pfizer Inc. Usa Reilly Pfizer Inc. Michael Shevlin Merck & Co., Inc. Kimberly Voronin Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Brian Wakefield AbbVie Inc Timothy White Eli Lilly and Company
Award Winners 2012
Jessica Bailey GSK Douglas Beyer Dow Robert Farrell Amgen Jonathon Grob Novartis Tom Kirrane Boehringer Ingelheim Tom Koenig Lilly Chris McBride Takeda Dann Parker Merck Neil Sach Pfizer Janice Seiser Pfizer Anthony Shaw Merck Tuan Tran Pfizer Jason Weatherhead GSK Yan Zhang Fox Chase Chemical Diversity
Award Winners 2011
Christian Brochu Boehringer Ingelheim Richard Buzon Pfizer Kerry Keertikar Merck (Schering Plough) Diane Luci NIH Martha Minich Pfizer Jeremiah Powers GlaxoSmithKline Kevin Sullivan Eli Lilly Florian Wakenhut Pfizer, Sandwich Robert Weikert Roche Mark Youngman Purdue Pharma Daniel Zewge Merck Zhijian Zhao Merck
Award Winners 2010
Charles Bernard Amgen Maureen Chisolm Cordis Michael Cobb DuPont Paul Glossop Pfizer Perry Heath Lilly Robert Kester Roche Tao Li Abbott Kelly McClure J&J PRD La Jolla Jeff O'Meara Boehringer Ingelheim Nandini Patel Pfizer Chris Semko Elan Sammy Shaver Inspire Robert Shumate Proctor & Gamble Enrique Vazquez Merck Andrea Hillegass Sanofi-Aventi
Award Winners 2009
Kae M. Bullock GlaxoSmithKline Thomas A. Chappie Pfizer Global R&D Pete Delgado Alcon Laboratories Keith A. Eagen Schering-Plough Cornelia J. Forster Novartis Daniel M. Green Wyeth Research David W. Hoard Eli Lilly and Company Shaei Y. Huang Merck & Co. Inc. Jeffrey C. Kern Wyeth Research Maria Angelica Linton Pfizer Global R&D William D. Miller Eli Lilly and Company Michael J. Palmer Pfizer Global R&D Nelo R. Rivera Merck & Co. Inc. Charles P. Vandenbossche Sepracor
Award Winners 2008
Andrew S Bell Pfizer Kevin M. Belyk Merck John P. Caldwell Schering-Plough Irene Drizin Abbott Daniel S. Gardner, IV Bristol-Myers Squibb Joshua Kaplan Wyeth Huaqing Liu Abbott Peter J. Manley Merck Research Laboratories Michael T. Martin GlaxoSmithKline Paula L. Sharpe DuPont Crop Protection John H. Tatlock Pfizer Brian C. Vanderplas Pfizer
Award Winners 2007
Charles Alt Eli Lilly Charles Clark Bristol Myers Squibb Kevin Curran Wyeth Kevin Dack Pfizer Mark Embrey Merck Andy Freeman GlaxoSmithKline Matthew Graneto Pfizer John Miller GlaxoSmithKline Michael Staszek Eli Lilly Biqi Wu Wyeth
Award Winners 2006
David Betebenner Abbott Rodolfo Cadilla GSK Norman Colbry Pfizer Gary C. Davis GE Christine Ng DiMarco Merck Michael J. Hawkins J & J Julia Lam Lee GE Yimin Lu Fluorous Technologies John Moliterni Roche Amarnauth Prashad Wyeth Peter Ruminski Pfizer Gerry Sullivan Abbott Michael B. Wallace Takeda
Award Winners 2005
Natasha Andrievsky Eastman Kodak (Rochester) Schuyler Antane Wyeth (Princeton) Michael Breslin Merck (West Point) Andre Giroux Merck Frosst (Quebec) Susan Hagen Pfizer (Ann Arbor) Yansong (Jack) Lu Novartis (East Hanover) Joseph Payack Merck (Rahway) Mark Pozzo Pfizer (Kalamazoo) Peter Rose Pfizer (Groton) Uresh Shah Wyeth (Pearl River)
Award Winners 2004
Kenneth J. Bordeau Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ying Chen Amgen Inc. Peter H. Dorff Pfizer Inc, Groton Robert P. Gomez Merck Research Laboratories Tracy F. Gregory Pfizer Inc, Ann Arbor Jeffrey L. Havens Pfizer Inc, Kalamazoo Richard F. Heier Pfizer Inc, St. Louis Brian E. Kornberg Pfizer Inc, Ann Arbor Matthew J. Laufersweiler Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Joseph McKenna Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. Bradley J. Newhouse Array BioPharma Efren G. Delos Santos Wyeth Research Marjorie S. Waters Merck Research Laboratories
Award Winners 2003
Douglas C. Beshore Merck West Point Larry Black Abbott Michael Collini Wyeth, Collegeville Mila Du Wyeth, Pearl River Richard Frenette Merck Frosst Paul D. Johnson Pfizer Donald Ludovici J&J PRI William R. Perrault Pfizer John Rizzo Lilly Mel Schroeder Pfizer, Ann Arbor John Tucker Pfizer, Groton Joseph W. Wilson Lilly
Award Winners 2002
Michael Castaldi Pfizer/Groton Michele M. Cudahy Pharmacia James F. Dropinski Merck/Rahway Claude Dufresne Merck Frosst James P. Guare Merck/West Point Denis Har Novartis Timothy Z. Hoffman Scripps Research Institute Daniel Ortwine Pfizer/Ann Arbor Sai P. Shum Ciba Specialty Chemicals Gary Shrum Proctor & Gamble Ronald Sorcek Boehringer-Ingelheim Bryan Sorensen Abbott Sorensen Joseph Swistok Hoffman-La Roche Thomas M. Wilson Lilly
Award Winners 2001
Glen Brons ExxonMobil Robert Chambers Pfizer (Groton) Hassan Elokdah Wyeth-Ayerst Pierre Hamel Merck Frosst Alan Hruza Schering-Plough Micheal E. LeTourneau Eli Lilly Kyle J. Lindstrom 3M Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dennis McNamara Pfizer (Ann Arbor) Julie Miyashiro Pharmacia Pat O'Brien Pfizer (Ann Arbor) James Perkins Merck Christopher Rito Eli Lilly Laboratories Kenneth C. Rupert RW Johnson Robert Steffan Wyeth-Ayerst Elizabeth Thomasco Pharmacia
Award Winners 2000
James Aikens Eli Lilly Kevin Allen Shell Chemical Company Stephen Barret Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals Rick Clark Abbott Pharamaceuticals Gary Dabbagh Bell Labs David Damon Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Jeffrey Grimm RW Johnson Pharmaceuticals Sean Klopfenstein Procter & Gamble Todd Kohn Eli Lilly Lynette Oh DuPont Pharmaceuticals Usha Patel Boehringer Ingelheim Linda Payne Merck-West Point Toni-Jo Poel Pharmacia & Upjohn Medchem John Scheigetz Merck Frosst
Award Winners 1999
James. L. Bullington RW Johnson Pharmaceuticals P. J. Dollings Wyeth-Ayerst Robert L. Hoffman Pharmacia and Upjohn John J. Parlow Searle Monsanto Li-Jen Ping SmithKline Beecham Paresh M. Thakker Genetics Institute, Inc. Anthony J. Villiani SmithKline Beecham William B. Vreeland Eastman Kodak Henry S. Wong Bristol-Myers Squibb
Award Winners 1998
Todd Butler Pfizer John Catt Bristol Myers Squibb Earl Clark Phillips Petroleum Judith Cohen RW Johnson David Eickhoff Procter and Gamble John Gilmore Parke Davis Susie Haadsma-Svensson Pharmacia and Upjohn William Hoffman Merck Research Laboratories Suresh Kapadia Boehringer Ingelheim Natalie Merrill Exxon Chemical Company Marcia Schilling Lucent Technologies Joe Strohbach Pharmacia and Upjohn Mark Webster Hoechst Marion Rousel Michael Wilson Parke-Davis
Award Winners 1997
Jon A. Ashley The Scripps Research Institute Leo S. Bleicher SIBIA Neurosciences, Inc. Brent A. Dellacoletta FMC Corp. C. A. Franke Eastman Kodak L. F. Frey Merck Sigmond G. Johnson RW Johnson Paul D. May Pharmacia and Upjohn Kimberly S. Para Parke Davis J. T. Repine Parke Davis Victor W. Rosso Bristol Myers Squibb Thomas J. Tucker Merck Michael P. Walker DuPont Agricultural Products R. E. White Procter and Gamble William J. Zembroski Pfizer
Award Winners 1996
H. Zhou Parke-Davis Robert M. DiPardo Merck Nancy A. Wicnienski Pharmacia & Upjohn Andrew M. Blum DuPont Merk Danny J. Garland Searle Research and Development Douglas W. Beight Hoechst Merion Roussal G. D. Harris DuPont Merck Wenjie Li Merck F. L. Ciske Hoechst Marion Roussel G. Kris Huang SmithKline Beecham D. A. Lust Bristol-Myers Squibb Pamela E. Outt Procter and Gamble T. M. Judge Pharmacia and Upjohn Lisa S. Silverman Schering-Plough Research Institute
Award Winners 1995
Richard J. Carmosin R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute D. Bankston Glaxo Research Institute Sharon A. Jackson Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical Company Karl W. Aston Monsanto Jolanta Nowakowski Pfizer Paul P. Spara Eastman Kodak Jerry W. Misner Eli Lilly W. H. Darlington Upjohn James A. Linn Burroughs Wellcome J. Kelly Schering-Plough Robert J. Altenbach Abbott David A. Hay Marion Merrell Dow M. Mellinger SmithKline Beecham Paul M. Dybas Procter and Gamble
Award Winners 1994
John J. Court Sterling Winthrop M. L. Baker Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals R. T. Shuman Eli Lilly and Company Russel J. Shine Pfizer Elaine C. Lee Abbott David L. Varie Eli Lilly Susana Neira DuPont M. D. Dutia Lederle R. C. Crouch Burrough Wellcome Ann M. Diederich SmithKline Beecham
Award Winners 1993
Gary M. Coppola Sandoz Research Institute Ruth E. TenBrink The Upjohn Company Allen J. Lovey Hoffmann-LaRoche M. R. Powers Rhone-Poulenc Rorer A. C. Scotese Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Harry R. Howard Pfizer, Inc. M. J. Urbanski R. W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute G. D. Hiler II Procter and Gamble Theodore J. Lambros Hoffmann-LaRoche John E. Feaster DuPont C. Hoelscher PPG Industries R. Lee Ethyl Corporation Brian K. Cheng Monsanto
Award Winners 1992
David F. McComsey R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute Christiane Yoakim Bio-Méga Inc. Raymond G. Lovey Schering-Plough Research Institute S.R. Turner The Upjohn Company Timothy Shepherd Eli Lilly & Co. Yves Leblanc Merck Frosst, Canada Jacques Y. Gauthier Merck Frosst J. J. McNally R. W. Johnson Donald P. Matthews Marion Merrell Dow Kanu M. Patel DuPont Donn G. Wishka Upjohn S. Shilcrat SmithKline Beecham