Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd./Ltée17 April 2014

Cooperative Research Scholarship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

The R&D division of Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd./Ltée is one of Canada's largest pharmaceutical research centres. One of our corporate policies is to support and encourage basic research in synthetic organic chemistry in Canadian Universities. Towards this end, we have established the Boehringer Ingelheim Industrial Cooperative Research Scholarship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

This new funding is intended to support PhD students pursuing research and to provide them a unique opportunity to experience industrial research while pursuing their own studies. The research support is in the amount of $20,000 per year for three years. 

Scholarship Recipient for 2011:

Melissa MacDonald - Scholarship Winner

The 2011 scholarship winner is Melissa MacDonald. She received her BSc (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. André Beauchemin. Her research focusses on the use of tethering catalysts to allow pre-association of reagents and thus achieve increased reactivity through temporary intra-molecularity. This strategy was specifically applied to enable directed intermolecular hydroamination reactions using an aldehyde as an organocatalyst. Current efforts include increasing substrate scope, the identification and optimisation of an efficient chiral catalyst for alkene hydroaminations and application of this strategy to enable other difficult intermolecular reactions.

Prof. André M. Beauchemin - Academic Supervisor for Melissa MacDonald

Prof. André M. Beauchemin obtained his BSc in chemistry from the Université Laval in 1996 and his Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal in 2001, under the guidance of Prof. André B. Charette. Following a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. David A. Evans at Harvard University, André started as an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. His research group focusses on the development of synthetic methods for the construction of nitrogen containing molecules and their application in synthesis. This has led to the development of metal free Cope-type hydroamination reactivity and to novel routes to nitrogen heterocycles using hydroamination and aminocarbonylation reactions.

André’s awards include a University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Award (2008), an Early Researcher Award (2009), an AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry (2011) and a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2011).

Marc Pesant - Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd./Ltée - Mentor to Melissa MacDonald.

This year's Boehringer Ingelheim Industrial Collaborator is Marc Pesant. Marc studied Chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke where he obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1996. He then initiated is graduate studies under the guidance of Professor Claude Spino on the study of the Diels-Alder reaction transition state. After obtaining his M.Sc. in 1998, he joined Eisai (Boston) where he participated to the research effort on the discovery of novel drugs for the treatment of cancer and inflammation. In 2004, Marc joined Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. where he actively participated to the research for the treatment of hepatitis C and HIV.