CSA Trust 2021 Mike Lynch Award – Call for Nominations

The Chemical Structure Association Trust is calling for nominations for the 2021 Mike Lynch Award.

The CSA Trust is an internationally-recognised, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in fields related to chemical structures and cheminformatics.

The Mike Lynch Award recognises and encourages outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties. The awardee will receive an honorarium and memento, and will be invited to make a presentation at a suitable chemistry conference.

To make a nomination, please submit (a) an account of the nominee’s accomplishments and the specific relevant work that is to be recognized (maximum one page); and (b) a brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications, and contact information. These should be submitted by email to the Secretary of the CSA Trust by  May 31, 2020.

Nominations of previous winners of other awards are welcome, provided that the specific relevant work to be recognized for the Mike Lynch Award is distinct from that for which the other award was presented.

All nominations will be reviewed by the CSA Trustees, and the awardee will be announced at the Fall American Chemical Society National Meeting to be held in San Francisco in August 2020.

Mike Lynch is the Professor Emeritus in the Information School of the University of Sheffield, England, and is an acknowledged cheminformatics pioneer. The Mike Lynch Award was instituted in 2002, and the previous winners listed below received their awards and made presentations at the triennial International Conference on Chemical Structures, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands.

2018:  Rudy Potenzone: 40+ year career as a provider of in-house informatics services and a creator and implementer of innovative informatics software solutions including SciFinder.

2014:  Steve Heller, Alan McNaught, Igor Pletnev, Steve Stein, Dmitrii Tchekhovskoi: conception and development of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier InChI.

2011:  Engelbert Zass: lifetime career devoted to education in chemical information with an emphasis on database searching and the role of the intermediary.

2008:  Alexander (Sandy) Lawson: major contributions to chemical information handling and structure representation, particularly in the development of the Beilstein database and software.

2005:  Johann Gasteiger: outstanding accomplishments in the fields of computational chemistry and structure elucidation.

2002:  Peter Willett: pioneering work in maintaining and nurturing an academic centre of excellence in cheminformatics teaching and research with an emphasis on computational techniques for the processing of chemical and biological information.


Mike Lynch Award 2018: Dr. Rudy Potenzone

Rudy Potenzone

April 11, 2018: The Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust) is pleased to announce that it will present the triennial Mike Lynch Award to Dr. Rudy Potenzone. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties, and the award is named after Professor Mike Lynch, who was a pioneer in cheminformatics and the Honorary President of the Chemical Structure Association.

Rudy Potenzone is a seasoned veteran in molecular modeling, cheminformatics, and bioinformatics, and as well as being an expert practitioner of the art, he has led teams to deliver cutting-edge software products for researchers and scientists for over 25 years. He thus fully embodies the characteristics required of a recipient of the Mike Lynch Award.

Rudy’s career in informatics started at American Cyanamid, where he led a team to support 500 users of the Chemical Group Research Division. He moved to Polygen/Molecular Simulations (now part of BIOVIA) and managed a team that developed the QUANTA and CHARMm molecular modeling systems.

Rudy then moved to cheminformatics, chemical literature, and information retrieval, and as Director of the Research and New Product Development Department at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) played a key role in planning and developing the SciFinder product which opened up the world of published chemical information and literature directly to chemists via its intuitive graphical user interface. After CAS, Rudy focused on systems to manage internally generated information, and at Molecular Design Ltd. (MDL – now part of BIOVIA) he oversaw the development of the Isentris system to replace ISIS, as well as Assay Explorer for managing screening information, and DiscoveryGate for unified access to published data. From MDL, he moved to LION Biosciences as CEO of US Operations, working on the strategic plan for the company’s innovative integrated information platform.

From LION, Rudy moved on to bioinformatics, and at Ingenuity Systems (now part of Qiagen), he developed the roadmap for a comprehensive, human-curated biological pathway knowledgebase and associated tools. Rudy then moved back to internal chemical information management at CambridgeSoft (now part of PerkinElmer) where he managed teams working on electronic lab notebooks, and eventually oversaw the full cheminformatics product portfolio of PerkinElmer Informatics. From PerkinElmer, Rudy moved to Microsoft and exploited his extensive customer and product experience to direct Microsoft’s efforts as worldwide industry strategist for the pharmaceutical industry, including products such as SQL Server, FAST, Office, Azure, HPC, and CRM.

Rudy is currently VP of Marketing for the TranSMART Foundation, which is an emerging global, open source, public/private partnership community that is developing a comprehensive, informatics-based analysis and data-sharing cloud platform for clinical and translational research.

Rudy’s career and contributions have spanned the whole gamut of informatics disciplines that impact the biopharma industry; and they have also kept pace with and anticipated the evolution of informatics tools from individual, chemistry-focused, point applications to today’s open source, cloud-based, bench-to-bedside informatics platforms.

The CSA Trust is pleased to recognize and honor Rudy’s substantial contributions to cheminformatics with the Mike Lynch Award, which will be presented at the 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/) to be held in the Netherlands in May 2018.

About the CSA Trust
The CSA Trust (www.csa-trust.org) is an internationally-recognized, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in the field of storage, processing and retrieval of information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds.

Phil McHale, CSA Trust Awards Committee