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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.

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Ratmir Derda

The 2022 winner of the X-Chem Research Excellence Award is:

Ratmir Derda
University of Alberta
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Ratmir Derda received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2001, Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, under the supervision of Laura Kiessling, and postdoctoral training at Harvard University under the supervision of George Whitesides and Donald Ingber. He joined University of Alberta in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry where he is now a full professor. In 2017 he founded 48HourDiscovery INC where he is currently a CEO and he was involved in a number of other startup companies. He is serving as an Editorial Board Member of Communication Chemistry (Nature Publishing Group), advisory board member of Organic Biomolecular Chemistry (RSC Publishing Group), Boulder Peptide Society. His notable awards include Melanie O’Neill Young Investigator Award in Biological Chemistry from Canadian Society of Chemistry (2018), David Gin New Investigator Award in carbohydrate chemistry from American Chemical Society (2017), Rising Star in Chemical Biology from the International Chemical Biology Society (2016); Young Investigator Award from the Boulder Peptide Society (2014); Gold Medal at the XXIX International Chemistry Olympiad (1997).

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Past Winners


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