Reineke honored with DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Excellence Medal
Professor Theresa Reineke has received the 2018 DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Excellence Medal from the Danisco Foundation for her achievements in advancing science and technology relevant to the future of food, nutrition, and health.
Reineke is a leading researcher in the fields of polymer chemistry, drug delivery, gene therapy and diagnostics, and biomaterials science. Her research group members specialize in the synthetic design, chemical characterization, and biological study of designer macromolecules. Her research group seeks to discover novel delivery vehicles for nucleic acids and drugs, elucidate cellular-level mechanisms of biomaterial function, and impart enhanced material performance through the use of sustainable feedstocks.
Reineke was honored for her work in understanding the fundamentals of amorphous solid dispersions of poorly soluble drugs and identifying the next generation of excipients for solubility enhancement. The award cites Reineke’s research that has led to the development of unique analytical capabilities to understand these systems, and new polymer chemistries with significantly improved performance, which are currently being evaluated by pharmaceutical companies. It also recognizes her depth of chemistry and chemical engineering capabilities and her leading voice in understanding drug solubilization fundamentals. In addition, the award recognizes Reineke’s ancillary work developing novel carbohydrate containing polymers to deliver nucleic acids to biological cells while minimizing effects from toxicity.
Reineke received her award during a ceremony held at DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, DE. During this ceremony, she addressed several DuPont scientists attending TechCon, the company’s premier innovation conference.