The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the 11th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Dr Andrew Taggi at a luncheon in his honour on Innovation Day 2014. The luncheon, which will be held on September 16 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) headquarters in Philadelphia, is a joint event hosted by SCI and CHF, which gathers more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends and issues in chemical research.
The SCI established the Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognise early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.
Taggi is an expert in the discovery of novel bioactive molecules for use as plant disease control agents. Using his knowledge of synthetic chemistry and protein/small molecule interactions, Taggi has been able to incorporate information from field efficacy, toxicology, and environmental fate studies to design and prepare new molecules with greatly improved safety and biological activity.
“Andrew Taggi is an exceptional young scientist whose new fungicides will help feed the world while respecting the environment,” said Erik Fyrwald, president and CEO of Univar Corporation, and SCI America chairperson. “Dr. Taggi demonstrates a scientific tenacity and creativity in problem solving to discover new molecules that address farmers’ needs to manage resistant pathogens.”