Distinguished Professor Bill Denny - designing cancer drugs
Distinguished Professor Bill Denny is the director of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre at the University of Auckland. He has designed and developed cancer drugs for the past 40 years, and his work was recently acknowledged with the American Chemical Society's 2014 Medicinal Chemistry Award. Dr. Denny trained as a chemist at Auckland and Oxford Universities, and is a past-President of the NZ Institute of Chemistry and NZ Society for Oncology. Awards include the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of NZ, the Adrien Albert Medal of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, the Albert Award of the Royal Australian Institute of Chemistry, and Biotechnologist of the Year. He has been closely involved in design and development of twelve new cancer drugs brought to clinical trials, and is an author on about 600 scientific papers and 120 patents and applications.