Section Chair-Elect Suzy Hartman started the evening by welcoming everyone and describing some of the recent activities and successes of the Section. She then acknowledged the honoree, Dr Janetka, and his wife Roseann Benson, a chemical engineer and science writer; the award symposium speakers; William Abraham from Monsanto; section officers; and her husband Greg. She also pointed out that there were nine former Saint Louis Award winners present, spanning 30 years, starting with Joe Ackerman who won the award in 1987 and ending with Keith Stine, the winner last year. Following the introductions, everyone partook of an excellent meal which included salad, tenderloin Oscar, and cherries jubilee.After the main course, Dr Hartman introduced Professor John Cooper, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of Washington University who gave a commendatory introduction to Dr Janetka. After receiving the plaque and honorarium, he gave a fascinating presentation on “Drugs: Fighting the Resistance″, describing his work on the design and synthesis of molecules to overcome drug-resistant bladder infections and cancer. These advances led to the formation of two companies, Fimbrion and ProteXase. Suzy Hartman then concluded the evening, which by all accounts, was enjoyed by all.
Submitted by John-Stephen Taylor
Chair of the Saint Louis Award subcommittee