Monday, 20 September 2021

Chemist wins for anti-cancer drug work

A RETIRED chemist from Stoke Row who helped developed a chemotherapy drug has won an award.

A RETIRED chemist from Stoke Row who helped developed a chemotherapy drug has won an award.

Christopher Barnard, 62, was presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry?s Creative Industry Prize for his contribution to the industry. He worked at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in Sonning Common and his work on the chemistry of carboplatin helped it win rapid approval in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

Dr Barnard, who retired in March after 36 years with the company but remains a consultant, said: ?I?d like to thank all the people who have assisted me as part of the teams who developed the products that this award acknowledges.

?These include people not only from within Johnson Matthey, but from collaborating companies and institutions, such as the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. All of us worked as a very large team to get the drugs approved and my role was a small but necessary part.?

Dr Barnard, who is originally from Kent, lives in Well View with his partner Jane Probitts, 54. In his spare time, he volunteers at Nuffield Place, plays bridge at Caversham Park Bridge Club and enjoys working in his garden.

In April 1986, he appeared on the front of the Henley Standard for the launch of carboplatin.

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