FUTI Advisory Committee Member, Professor Iwao Ojima, University Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University – State University of New York, recently received the prestigious 2019 Ernest Guenther Award from the American Chemical Society. The Guenther Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the analysis, structure elucidation, and chemical synthesis of natural products. The past award recipients include five Nobel laureates (e.g., Professor Satoshi Omura, Kitasato Institute) and the award is recognized as the highest prize in the chemistry of natural products worldwide. Professor Ojima is honored for his outstanding work on taxol and taxane-class diterpenes at the interface of natural product chemistry, synthetic methodology, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and medicine. The award was presented to Professor Ojima at the Award Ceremony and Banquet on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in conjunction with the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando. There was an Award Symposium honoring Dr. Ojima at the same meeting in which he gave the Award Lecture and received a medallion associated with the Award. (For details, see https://news.stonybrook.edu/facultystaff/iwao-ojima-receives-ernest-guenther-award-in-chemistry/.)
Yasuo Okamoto（岡本康夫）is a partner at the international law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, resident in its New York office. He is also responsible for its Tokyo office and the firm’s Pacific Basin Practice. He is a corporate attorney concentrating on cross border transactions and has counseled Japanese and other foreign clients in M&A, Bankruptcy workouts, Corporate finance and other transactional and regulatory work. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (Hogakushi 1972) and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada (LLB 1976). He has been admitted to practice in the New York State and Federal courts since 1977 and is also registered as a registered foreign lawyer（外国法事務弁護士）with the First Tokyo Bar Association in Japan. Prior to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, he was a member of the firm of Hill, Betts & Nash in New York until 1980. He has spoken and lectured extensively on corporate and finance related topics and has served as a lecturer at the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University.