York researcher receives Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award

Arturo Orellana

Arturo Orellana, professor of chemistry in the Faculty of Science & Engineering, is the recipient of a $60,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry, awarded in the amount of $20,000 per year over three years.

“On behalf of the York research community, I would like to congratulate Professor Arturo Orellana on his receipt of the Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation. “This prestigious award recognizes Professor Orellana’s exceptional research achievements and contributions to the Arturo Orellanafield of Organic Chemistry, at the early stages of his career. We are very proud of this well-deserved recognition of Dr. Orellana’s work.”

Arturo Orellana

Orellana’s research relates to the development of innovative metal-catalyzed chemical reactions for organic synthesis. In particular his research involves the development of new reactions to prepare small molecule building blocks with applications in the synthesis of pharmaceutically active agents and naturally occurring substances with important biological properties.

The R&D division of Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) is one of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical research centres. The Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry is awarded yearly to a promising organic chemist in the early stages of their academic career and was established to support research in synthetic organic chemistry in Canadian universities.

For more information, visit the Orellana Research Group website.