Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have held their first professional appointment as an independent researcher for twelve years* or less at the time of initial nomination.
The 2015 winner of the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award is:
Andre Beauchemin, University of Ottawa
Presented by Louis Barriault, Treasurer, Organic Chemistry Division (right)
Born in 1974, André Beauchemin grew up in Québec city and obtained his BSc honours degree in 1996 from Université Laval working with John Boukouvalas. He then pursued doctoral studies under the supervision of André B. Charette at the Université de Montréal, working on organozinc reagents and graduating in 2001. From 2001–2004, he worked toward the synthesis of azaspiracid 1 under the guidance of David A. Evans at Harvard University. Beauchemin began his academic career at the University of Ottawa in August 2004. His research group is interested in devising new methodologies to form nitrogen-containing molecules, targeting both medicinally important structures and alkaloid natural products. Strategies developed include metal-free Cope-type hydroaminations, novel reactivity of nitrogen-substituted isocyanates and catalysis exploiting temporary intramolecularity.