2004 Symposium Report
In the early morning of June 5th, more than a hundred chemists from
the tri-state area (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) came to the Fiber Optics
Auditorim at Busch Campus of Rutgers University for the Chinese American Chemical
Society Annual Symposium. This year, the symposium was focused on a hot topic area
in the field of chemistry: high throughput methodologies.
Dr. Qiang Kuangnan, the president of Tri-state CACS, gave welcoming remarks,
and achieving scientists from both academic labs and corporate companies presented
their work in High Throughput screening in the morning session. Dr. Jerry Bech,
a director from ExxonMobil, talked about approaches towards catalytic materials
of the future, and Dr. Jack Henion, President of Advion BioSciences, discussed
trends in High Throughput MS and MS/MS analyses. Dr. Gerben Zylstra, a professor
from Rutgers, gave a seminar on high throughput methods in microbial genomics,
and Dr. Kent Chen gave a presentation on “patent trends in high throughput technologies”.
While many scientists focused on technologies and methodologies, other renowned scientists
and business managers presented other topics and brought up interesting responses and
discussions, such as Dr. Helen Hsu, a senior director from Johnson & Johnson,
who attracted the audience's attention by a touching talk on “career paths in a
corporate setting”. Dr. Joseph Mo, CEO of MexMed, gave a presentation “how to best to start
a company and develop it into a Nasdaq listed company in 3-5 years”. Dr. Lisa Yeh told
newcomers about how to adapt to the US work environment.
Near the end of the all day symposium, Dr. Sun Yongkui announced the CACS mentor program,
which will help new chemists get into chemistry field quickly and smoothly.
Registration forms for both mentor and student were given out on site. The forms are
available on tri-state CACS website at www.tristatecacs.org.
Many chemists said afterwards the symposium is helpful and interesting and that
they definitely come back next year (Sunny Wang reporting from Piscataway, NJ).
Tristate CACS Annual Symposium:
Frontiers of High Throughput Technologies and Applications
Jointly sponsored by the Chinese American Chemical Society and the
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy,
Saturday, June 5, 2004
Fiber Optics Auditorium, Rutgers University, Busch Campus,
607 Taylor Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Program at Glance
8:15 AM On-site Registration, Vendor setup, Poster Setup, Wake Up Coffee & Donuts
8:50-3:30 PM Posters (authors present during social break)
8:50 AM Welcome Remarks Drs. Kuangnan Qian & Longqin Hu, Program chairs
9:00 AM Professor Charles P Casey, ACS President (Tentative), UW-Madison
9:30 AM Professor Jack Henion, President of Advion BioSciences,
" Recent Developments and Trends in High-Throughput MS and MS/MS Analyses "
10:00 AM Dr. Ulrich E. Hackler, Business Manager of Chemspeed, UK
"High Throughput Experimentations (Title TBD)"
10:30 AM Social break
10:50 AM Dr. Kent H. Cheng, Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane
"Patent Trends in High Throughput Technologies"
11:20 AM Professor Gerben J. Zylstra, Director of Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Rutgers University
" High Throughput Screening Applications for Microbial Functional Genomics "
11:50 AM Dr. Brian McKittrick, Associate Director and Head of CombiChem, Schering Plough Research Institute
" High-Throughput Synthesis: Impact on Drug Discovery and Beyond "
12:20 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Dr. Helen Han Hsu, Director J&J
"Career Development (Title TBD)"
1:30 PM Dr Lisa Yeh, ExxonMobil
"CACS Mentor Program (Title TBD)"
2:00 PM Social Break
2:10 PM Dr. Ben Hsu , V.P., Finance & Control, Quest Pharmaceutical Services
" From Bench Work to Business World "
Registration: Shaoqing Chen (Roche) at 973-2354636,
Haiping Wang (Schering) at 908-7403996,
Guang Cao (ExxonMobil) at 908-7302103,
Tianhui Xia (Aventis) at 908-2314890,
Guaoqiang Shi (Merck) at 732-3550297
and Weiyi Zheng (Novartis) at 862-7785311