2014 Gordon E. Moore Medal – Andrew E. Taggi


Andrew_TaggiThe global population is greater than 7 billion and is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050.  Today, there are roughly 1 billion people who are undernourished, with global crop inventories at all‑time lows.  As the global population is rising faster than available arable land area, farmers must continue to improve their productivity.  Fungicides have become an integral part of efficient food production.  New compounds help farmers compete in an environmentally sustainable way so that food is affordable and available.

For the past five years, Dr. Taggi was the principal chemist, and project team leader, for a program which has discovered and optimized a new broad spectrum cereal, fruit, and vegetable fungicide, which has a new mode of action distinct from all current commercial products.  The total addressable market space for this project is over $6 billion.

Dr. Taggi joined DuPont in 2004 and is currently a Senior Research Associate at DuPont Crop Protection’s Stine-Haskell Research Center in Newark, Del.  He has an impressive record of patents (23 published, 11 pending) and is co-author on 22 peer-reviewed articles.  His body of work was recognized by the American Chemical Society both at the 2009 Young Industrial Investigators Symposium and also with a Division of Organic Chemistry Fellowship in 2001.  Dr. Taggi has a BA in chemistry from Cornell University and an MA and PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, where he developed novel catalytic asymmetric reaction methodology under the direction of Professor Thomas Lectka.  Subsequently, Dr. Taggi returned to Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Associate with Professor Jerrold Meinwald, where he identified a new class of neuroactive natural products, contained within the venom of funnel web spiders.