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Professor Neil Garg featured in video celebrating ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable’s 10th anniversary.

The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute’s (ACS GCI) Pharmaceutical Roundtable, a collaboration of pharmaceutical companies and the ACS GCI, celebrated their ten year anniversary in February 2015. The video below, featuring Prof. Garg, was created to look back at the roundtable’s accomplishments and look ahead to the future of green chemistry. 

Excerpt from Prof. Garg’s interview:

“The grant I received from the ACS GCI was to develop nickel catalyzed crossed couplings or greener variants of these coupling reactions that my lab had been working on for a while. Oftentimes we think about the academic side of things but we’re not really thinking about the practically how to make this chemistry more useful for potential industrial applications. The roundtable was a perfect way to connect academics and industry.”

Some of the key accomplishments of the Roundtable include the development of a common solvent selection guide; a process mass intensity calculator and reagent guide; publication of an article outlining key research areas that have been cited 347 times and helped set the agenda for the Roundtable’s grant program; $1.58 million dollars in grants awarded; and numerous publications, presentations and symposia.

This year, the Roundtable will be holding three events in honor of its anniversary:

• Green Chemistry Makes a Difference: Innovations Leading to a More Sustainable Pharmaceutical Industry One-day symposium to be held April 16, 2015, at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland.

• 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Featuring a day-long symposium on green chemistry accomplishments in the pharmaceutical industry over the last 10 years and challenges on the horizon in North Bethesda, Maryland, July 14-16, 2015

• Green Chemistry Makes a Difference: Pharmaceutical Industry/Academic Collaborations Sessions organized at the 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston during August 16-20, 2015.

More information on the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable can be found here

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS-GCI)  is an institute of the American Chemical Society dedicated to catalyzing the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. ACS GCI convenes industrial roundtables, holds an annual Green Chemistry & Engineering conference (, and offers educational resources including grants, awards, webinars, and workshops—encouraging scientific innovations to solve environmental and human health issues facing our world today.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.