DuPont Scientist Andrew Taggi to Receive 11th Annual Moore Medal


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 DuPont Scientist Andrew Taggi to Receive 11th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

Advances in new and novel fungicides support increased world-wide food production

PHILADELPHIA—May 15, 2014The 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 honor on Innovation Day 2014. The luncheon, which will be held on Sept. 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 recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.

Dr. Andrew E. Taggi is an expert in the discovery of novel bioactive molecules for use as plant disease control agents.  Utilizing his knowledge of synthetic chemistry and protein / small molecule interactions, Dr. 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.”

About Andrew Taggi

The 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.

About the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.

Past SCI Gordon E. Moore Medalists

Now in its 11th year, the Moore Medal has recognized outstanding young technologists across the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Jerzy Klosin (2013)
  • Dean Rende (2012)
  • Doron Levin (2011)
  • Emmett Crawford (2010)
  • Emma Parmee (2009)
  • Edmund M. Carnahan (2008)
  • Paul A. Sagel (2007)
  • Jonathan M. McConnachie      (2006)
  • Jeffrey John Hale (2005)
  • George Barclay ( 2004)

About the Society of Chemical Industry

SCI America Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers.

SCI America Section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized conferences, e-events, and publications, it helps foster best practices in fields as diverse as fine and commodity chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental protection. SCI America events are managed by CHF. This includes the SCI Perkin Medal Dinner, which takes place on the final evening of Innovation Day, a day and a half long program devoted to advances in industrial research. Innovation Day this year will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 at CHF’s building in Philadelphia.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to

  • Inspire a passion for chemistry;
  • Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
  • Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.