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The X-Chem Research Excellence Award (formerly the IntelliSyn Pharma Research Excellence Award and 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.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2024 winner of the X-Chem Research Excellence Award is:

Arghya Paul, MCIC
The University of Western Ontario
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Arghya Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, jointly appointed with Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to this, he did his postdoctoral training on polymeric hydrogels and nanomedicine at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; MSc/PhD in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University and bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from India.

Prof. Paul’s research focusses on the study and development of clinically-relevant healthcare materials, utilizing chemical bonds and intermolecular interactions between polymers and nanoparticles. Examples of medical innovations from his group includes developing (a) stimuli-responsive polymeric hydrogels for drug delivery (b) soft, stretchy, tough hydrogels for tissue engineering (c) injectable hydrogels as bioinks for 3D-bioprinting and stem cell delivery (d) nanocomposite coatings for surgical implants and medical devices.

He nurtures a distinctive discipline-bridging research program that engages researchers from diverse backgrounds including chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine. This has earned him several prestigious awards and recognitions. Recent notable ones include Royal Society of Canada – College Member, Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Wolfe-Western Fellowship, Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator, and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2).


Past Winners


Jean-Philip Lumb, MCIC

McGill University
Society: CSC

Ratmir Derda

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Mark Taylor, MCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CSC

Roger G. Linington

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC

Christopher Boddy

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC

Jennifer Love

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Fraser Hof

University of Victoria
Society: CSC

Robert A. Britton

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC