Scholarship Honours York University Chemistry Professor

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Peter Pekos, president and CEO of Dalton Pharma Services, has established a new scholarship to benefit chemistry students at York University in Toronto, in honour of his former mentor and business partner, Dr. Douglas Butler.

Peter Pekos, president and CEO of Dalton Pharma Services, has pledged $50,000 to establish a new scholarship to benefit chemistry students at York University.

The Dalton Pharma Services/Dr. Douglas Butler Award in Organic Chemistry is named in honour of the late Dr. Butler, a former professor and mentor to Pekos. "Doug was his own man. He believed that academic freedom was meant to provide an environment for creativity," says Pekos.

Pekos says he and his wife, Natalie Lazarowych, wanted to give back and inspire graduate chemistry students because he himself was a product of the very dynamic environment at York, embodied in the person of Dr. Butler.

Pekos and Butler later joined to form Dalton Pharma Services, a highly-successful drug development company with clients around the world.

Nick Cercone, dean of York's Faculty of Science & Engineering, thanks Pekos for his friendship and support to York. "I am always grateful when a student, inspired by his former professor, Professor Butler, does well and remembers his alma mater so generously," he says "Peter Pekos' gift will help countless other chemistry students to reach their dreams as well."

The pledge will be matched 1:1 by the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), as well as York University's own Graduate Support Matching Program (GSMP), which matches the original donation as well as the annual distribution. As a result, one graduate student in organic chemistry will annually receive a $12,500 award.

The gift is part of York to the Power of 50, York's 50th anniversary fundraising campaign to raise $200 million. More than $180 million has been raised to support the University's unique approach to interdisciplinary education and research.

Dalton Chemical Laboratories Inc. o/a Dalton Pharma Services is a Health Canada approved contract pharmaceutical manufacturer that supplies chemistry, medicinal chemistry and analytical services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the areas of chemistry, medicinal chemistry, fine chemical manufacture, custom peptides and antisense oligo production. Dalton provides cGMP manufacturing and sterile filling services to its customers at any stage of the regulatory process (Phase I, II, III or commercial). In its state of the art cGMP facilities, Dalton can produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), at the gram or kilogram scale. Dalton can carry out sterile fills to produce batches of finished drug product in vials or syringes, either aseptically filled or terminally sterilized, under fully validated conditions. In addition, Dalton's analytical chemistry laboratory offers method development, validation and ICH stability programs to its clients.

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada's most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as more than 200,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 faculties and 26 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

Media contact:
Bruce Mitchell, York University Foundation, York University, 416 736 2100 x33508 / mitcheb @ yorkfoundation.yorku.ca

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