The 2014 Winthrop-Sears Medal for entrepreneurial achievement was awarded to Dr. Scott Power of DuPont, it was announced today by The Chemists' Club, sponsor of the medal which has been awarded annually since 1970. The medal will be presented to Dr. Power at The Chemists' Club's 117th annual Egg Nog dinner on December 18 at the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Power was recognized for his development of a protein-based cold water cleaning solution which is now marketed by Procter & Gamble under the Tide brand. The enabling of a cold water wash cycle as effective as a hot water wash cycle will result in significant global energy savings and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, thereby helping to reduce global warming.
Since joining DuPont in 1983, Dr. Power has served as Director of Protein Chemistry and as leader of various projects in Pathway Engineering, Protein Expression, and Protein Engineering. Dr. Power also served as V.P. in vaccine research and immunology programs with the Healthcare Group and, prior to the DuPont acquisition, the head of Research for Genecor. He is the inventor on over 50 patents. Dr. Power received his B.A. in plant physiology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and his PhD. in Biochemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He completed his postdoctoral NIH-fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Power is currently a DuPont fellow responsible for the Industrial Biosciences project portfolio.
The Winthrop-Sears Medal
The Winthrop-Sears Medal was established by The Chemists' Club in 1970 to recognize individuals who, by their entrepreneurial achievement, have contributed to the vitality of the chemical industry and the betterment of humanity. The medal is named in honor of two of Colonial America's earliest chemical entrepreneurs, John Winthrop, Jr. and John Sears.
Past medal winners include: Jon Huntsman, Robert Gore, Gordon Cain, Leonard Pool, Harold Sorgenti, Sol Barer, Herbert Boyer, Phillip Sharp and Peter McCausland.
The Chemists' Club
Now completing its 117th year, The Chemists' Club is a non-profit organization whose members share an interest in the sciences with strong roots in the chemical process industries including: pharmaceuticals, fragrances, paper, cosmetics, metals, petrochemicals and other sciences. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in these industries including: chemists, engineers, security analysts, attorneys, investment bankers, consultants and others. The Club recently opened chapters (dues free) on college campuses to assist students in preparing for their careers and making informed career decisions. For more information on The Chemists’ Club, please go to www.thechemistsclub.com.
Lewis Boxenbaum, 917-836-3094