The noted alkaloid chemist, emeritus professor at University of California San Diego, dies at age 88.
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The Officers and Executive Committee members of the ASP are saddened to report the death of Les Mitscher, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas. Dr. Mitscher has been a long-time member of ASP, past President of the Society (1992-1993), ASP Fellow (from 2007), recipient of the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award (2007), Fellow of the ACS (from 2011), and long-time and prolific researcher of biologically-active natural products and analytical techniques. His contributions and guidance will be missed. A more detailed review of the career of Dr. Mitscher will appear in an upcoming ASP Newsletter.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Benson was perhaps most noted for his co-discovery of the Calvin-Benson cycle of photosynthesis
NIH has posted some RFA announcements that are of interest to the natural products community. Specific details on each proposal focus and award mechanism can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-001.html (Phased Innovation Award in Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics R21/R33), http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-002.html (Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics, R33), http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-003.html (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R43/R44), and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-004.html (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R41/R42).
The officers and members of the ASP Executive Committee have submitted a letter to provide comment on a new guidance document at USPTO (http://www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/myriad-mayo.jsp), Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products (Guidance), which has implications for the patenting of natural products, derivatives and those compounds that are modifications of or inspired by natural products. Read the letter here.