Doc. Mgr. Kamil Paruch, Ph.D., who has been leading the FNUSA-ICRC Medicinal Chemistry research team since 2011, has been awarded the MU Rector’s Award for significant creative achievement. Masaryk University is his alma mater, graduated from the Faculty of Science at MU. He then spent 13 years in the United States where he earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at Columbia University. He has also worked on research and development of new drugs in the pharmaceutical company Schering-Plow (Merck since 2009). He returned to Brno in 2009 and since then he has continued to research new organic compounds with targeted biological activity, especially in oncology. This research within FNUSA-ICRC and MU has already brought publications and patents for new drug substances with potential use as drugs for serious diseases. For example, he co-authored the first patent granted to FNUSA-ICRC in 2015: Substituted furo [3,2-b] pyridines for use as a medicament.
The prize was awarded for the development of biologically active compounds with high potential for use in practice.