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Information from past SSAA activities and articles of interest are available here for viewing.

Anyone with presentations or information about any SSAA event, please e-mail them to and they will be added to this section.

2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to Alejandro Zaffaroni.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to Alejandro Zaffaroni at a dinner on November 6, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco.

The Award recognizes individuals who have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views as they strive to extend the benefits of knowledge and the betterment of society. Click here for a pdf document discussing Dr. Zaffaroni and his award.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established by the U.S. Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the living, national memorial to the United States’ 28th president — the only American President with a Ph.D. The Center is one of three American institutions (along with the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center) created by congressional statute to perform a national mission within the Smithsonian Institution and is governed by its own independent Board of Trustees appointed by the U.S. President.
More information about the Center is available on their Web site

Newsletter Articles

Click on the links to view two interesting articles from the Winter 2007 Newsletter as Word documents:

Click here for VMWare, 3401 Hillview Avenue.
Click here for Keith Sonberg's Green Technology - from Syntex to Roche and Beyond.

Labs Buildings

The former Syntex Laboratories buildings at Hillview Avenue and Foothill Expressway on the Palo Alto campus have been demolished! Click here for more details and site photos.

2006 Annual General Meeting

Click here to see the Power Point slides from the presentation by Bernadette De Armond titled "Rebuild Yourself: A Blueprint for Health from the Reconstruction Zone", which focused on health and physical fitness. Although the Reconstruction Zone fitness center is no longer in business, the discussion on health is still of interest.

Chemicals Plant

Roche has sold the former Syntex Chemicals plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Click here to read the news article from Chemical and Engineering News.

2005 Chemical Heritage Articles

Dr. George Rosenkranz, Dr. Alejandro Zafaronni and Dr. Carl Djerassi were among the award winners at the Chemical Heritage Foundation's 2004 Heritage Day. Click here to read an article about the Heritage Day ceremonies. Drs. Rosenkranz and Zafaronni shared the Chemists' Club Winthrop-Sears Award for lifetime achievement. Their acceptance speeches were published in the Summer 2005 Chemical Heritage magazine. Click here to read the articles. Dr. Djerassi received the American Institute of Chemists' Gold Medal.

2005 Annual General Meeting

Click here to see a pdf file of the presentation by Audrey Erbes titled "Biotechnology Industry: Role of Syntex Syva Alumni in its Success".

2004 Southwest Section Cruise

Click here to read Dick Haskitt's story about the cruise.

2004 Annual General Meeting

Information regarding Carl Guardino's presentation,"The Future Economic Climate in Silicon Valley" can be found at the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Website: Go to the section Projections and open the pdf file Projections: Silicon Valley.

Unfortunately, Dr. Philip Lee was ill and could not attend the meeting. Click here for a pdf file of the text of his planned presentation "The Future of Health Care". It is a large file and may take a while to open but it is interesting reading.

SW Reunion 2003

Click here to read Dick Haskitt's review of the reunion.

2003 Annual General Meeting

Click here to see the slides from the presentation "An Update of the Pharmaceutical Industry" by Jack Tuttle, IMS Health. Microsoft PowerPoint software required.

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