SCMB's Professor Istvan Toth is the recipient of the 2009 Adrien Albert award for sustained, outstanding research in a field related to biomolecular chemistry.

The premier award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Division of Biomolecular Chemistry was presented to Prof Toth at the 7th Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry's International Medicinal Chemistry Congress held in Cairns in August.

Prof Toth, who has a joint appointment with the School of Pharmacy, is SCMB's chair of biological chemistry.  His PhD and postdoctoral research focused on organic synthesis; mainly on reserpine alkaloids and terpenes. Prof Toth later moved towards peptide and carbohydrate chemistry and now is an internationally recognised expert in drug delivery. 

With a demonstrated track record in research commercialisation, ProfToth is one of the key founders of Alchemia (ASX listed), Implicit Bioscience Pty Ltd, Neurotide Pty Ltd and TetraQ.  Winner of a Business/Higher Education Round Table Award for outstanding achievement in international collaborative R&D, Prof Toth has served as a member of the ARC College of Experts and is a referee for many international scientific journals and granting bodies.

Adrien Albert (1907-1989) introduced and firmly established the discipline of medicinal chemistry in Australia.  He was foundation chair of medicinal chemistry at the ANU.

Picture:  Prof Toth (left) receives his award from Dr Wim Meutermans, President of the RACI Biomolecular Chemistry Division.

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