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Mesothelioma Researcher to Be Honored for Service to Society

A researcher whose work led to the development of the only drug approved specifically for the treatment of mesothelioma is being honored by the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS has announced that it will honor Edward C. Taylor, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry Emeritus at Princeton University with the Chemistry in Service to Society award. Taylor’s contributions to a branch of chemistry known as heterocyclic chemistry helped lead to the development of the new-generation antifolate, pemetrexed (brand name Alimta). Pemetrexed is FDA-approved for the treatment of mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer but is also in clinical trials for a number of other types of cancer. Pemetrexed was first approved for mesothelioma in February 2004, the first drug … Continue reading Mesothelioma Researcher to Be Honored for Service to Society »

Mesothelioma Researcher Receives Honorary Princeton Degree

A retired Princeton researcher who has worked to improve the lives of thousands of people with mesothelioma has been awarded an honorary degree from Princeton University. Edward Taylor, PhD, has been a part of the Princeton faculty since 1954 and has authored more than 450 scientific papers and served as editor of several respected science journals. Named a Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, Dr. Taylor is the inventor of the anti-cancer drug Alimta, the first drug to be approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma strikes as many as 3000 Americans annually and is caused almost exclusively by workplace exposure to fibers of the mineral asbestos. Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive … Continue reading Mesothelioma Researcher Receives Honorary Princeton Degree »