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President: Velimir Kuftinec
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Recording Secretary: Mary Mulkins
Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Wagner
Treasurer and Membership: Carolyn Lyon
Board of Directors:
Richard Bastiani, Jackie Brown, Linval DePass, David Ellis, Kim Graham, Bonnie Horner, Tom Moran, Rick Salazar (Memorabilia Chair), Kent Stormer, Bill Taylor (webmaster & photographer).
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We are frequently surprised to hear from former Syntex/Syva employees that they have never heard of the SSAA or believe that it is just for retirees (it's for all former employees). The only means we have to 'advertise' is through word of mouth. Please forward our web address, http://www.syntexsyvaalumni.org, to ex-Syntexers/Syvas whom you know to inform them of the organization and our activities. Also, if you are attending the picnic or the ARGM, please tell others about the event.
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The focus of the Life Sciences Foundation was to tell the story of Biotechnology. The SSAA collected Syntex memorabilia and the Life Sciences Foundation agreed to archive it as a historical collection and for publications.
In October 2015 the Life Sciences Foundation merged with the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Their statement: "CHF continues to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations".
As part of this merger the Chemical Heritage Foundation became the Science History Institute in February 2018. They cover the history of the life sciences and biotechnology together with the history of the chemical sciences and engineering. Their website is here.
The SSAA continues to work with the Institute on preserving the history of Syntex/Syva.
The Institute has an interesting series of films titled Scientists You Must Know.
One segment is about George Rosenkranz that can be viewed at this link.
Another segment is about Carl Djerassi.
There is also a segment about Larry Knox, an Afican-American with a PhD in organic chemistry from Harvard University. In the late 1950's Larry took a position with Laboratorios Syntex S.A. in Mexico City. From 1960 to 1965 he coauthored 10 papers and was awarded over 40 patents related to steroid chemistry.
Also, a keyword search of 'Syntex' gives several other interesting articles.
Laszlo Tokes, a scientist with a long career at Syntex, has written an article that will be of interest to the general SSAA membership. Although the article has sections that are oriented to scientific specialists (just skip those), there are several sections that capture engaging aspects of Syntex history.
With 54 members and spouses attending, the lunch was another successful get together.
The excellent Michaels buffet was again well received this year.
Bill Buhles gave a very interesting talk to the group about the story of bringing ganciclovir to market.
Also Trader Joe's gift cards were raffled off.
Thanks to all who attended for keeping the spirit of Syntex & Syva alive!
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