Tetrahedron Prize 2010 Awarded to Prof. Satoshi Omura

satoshiomuraThe Executive Board of Editors and Elsevier, the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications, are delighted to announce that the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry for 2010 has been awarded to Professor Satoshi Ōmura, Kitasato Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tetrahedron Prize will presented to Professor Ōmura at the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting in the USA. The date for the Prize Symposium and presentation of the Award is yet to be decided


Professor Satoshi Ōmura, President Emeritus of the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo, has been awarded the 2010 Tetrahedron Prize for his comprehensive studies on the chemistry and biology of microbial metabolites. Over his 40-year career Professor Ōmura has discovered more than 430 novel natural products, with unique structures or activities, several of which have served as lead compounds in the development of new drugs for both human and veterinary medicine. Among many notable achievements are his pioneering efforts leading to the isolation of avermectin and collaborative discovery of the derivative, ivermectin. The latter has proven to be a powerful anti-parasitic drug that has improved the health and wellbeing of billions of the world's poorest people, being used to combat river blindness, elephantiasis, stronglyoidiasis and scabies. Other compounds discovered by Professor Ōmura are widely used as enzyme inhibitors, including staurosporine, lactacystin, atpenin A5, pyripyropene, and cerulenin, facilitating biological research around the world. Furthermore, over 100 compounds have been targeted for organic synthesis.