The Award in Excellence program now in its 15th year, honors former Foundation grant recipients for outstanding career achievements. Every year, PhRMA Foundation grants Awards in Excellence to past awardees who are dramatic, living proof that the Foundation program works and makes a difference. These awards are given to scientists who received a Foundation grant at the outset of their careers in a discipline important to the research-based pharmaceutical industry when they were deciding on their area of specialization and went on to distinguish themselves through their scientific and/or academic achievements.
David L. Eaton, Ph.D.
David L. Eaton, Ph.D., is Dean and Vice Provost of the University of Washington (UW) Graduate School and Professor of Toxicology in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UW's School of Public Health and Community Medicine. In 1978, Dr. Eaton received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined the faculty at UW as Assistant Professor after a 6-month post-doctoral fellowship, and has since served the university in a range of leadership and research roles. Dr. Eaton was the first Director of UW's toxicology program in the Department of Environmental Health. In 1991, he was named Associate Chair of the department. He served as Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health from 1999 to 2005, and as Associate Vice Provost for Research from 2006 to 2013. For more than 20 years, Dr. Eaton directed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) P30 Core Center, called the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health, which supports multidisciplinary work on gene–environment interactions.
- 2015 Award in Excellence in Pharmacology/Toxicology
- 1980 Faculty Award in Pharmacology/Toxicology
Mark J. Ratain, M.D.
Dr. Mark Ratain has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at The University of Chicago since 1986, and is currently the Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Center for Personalized Therapeutics and Chief Hospital Pharmacologist for the University of Chicago Medicine. In addition, he serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Sciences in the University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, leads the University of Chicago’s phase I oncology trials program and is co-director of PAAR-Pharmacogenomics of Anticancer Agents Research Group, which brings together teams of experts from across the nation to investigate advancements in pharmacogenomics. Dr. Ratain is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., 1976) and Yale University School of Medicine (M.D., 1980). His postgraduate training was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Internal Medicine, 1980-3) and the University of Chicago Hospitals (Hematology/Oncology, 1983-6).
- 2015 Award in Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology
- 1993 Unit Award in Clinical Pharmacology
Christopher M. Sinko, Ph.D.
Christopher Sinko, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development at Bristol–Myers Squibb (BMS). Dr. Sinko earned his B.S. in chemical engineering with a concentration in materials engineering from Rutgers University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmaceutics at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. In 1987, Dr. Sinko was awarded the PhRMA Foundation Pre Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutics, which he said helped validate the importance of his research. He joined the Upjohn Company in 1989 to develop formulations for monoclonal antibodies targeting HIV, and was recruited to Pfizer Central Research to establish a materials science laboratory for developing solid dosage forms. From 1991 to 2008, Dr. Sinko held various leadership roles at Pfizer, including Executive Director of Global Materials Science, Senior Director of Analytical R&D, and Director of Pharmaceutical R&D. In 2008, he accepted a position to lead Drug Product Science and Technology at BMS. His current role spans chemical, analytical, and formulation development for small molecules and biologics, as well as clinical supplies manufacturing and distribution.David L. Eaton, Ph.D.Mark J. Ratain, M.D.Christopher M. Sinko, Ph.D.Teruna J. Siahaan, Ph.D.Nancy R. Zahniser, Ph.D.Terrence F. Blaschke, M.D.Raj Suryanarayanan (Sury), Ph.D.Juan J. L. Lertora, M.D., Ph.D.William B. (Bill) Campbell, Ph.D.Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D.Margarita L. Dubocovich, Ph.D.Scott A. Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.P.Bryan L. Roth, M.D., Ph.D.Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D.Roger A. Nicoll, M.D.
- 2015 Award in Excellence in Pharmaceutics
- 1987 Pre Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutics