New and continuing Officers:
President: Velimir Kuftinec
Vice President: Tom Moran
Recording Secretary: Mary Mulkins
Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Wagner
Treasurer and Membership: Carolyn Lyon
Board of Directors Members: Richard Bastiani, Jackie Brown, Linval DePass, David Ellis, Kim Graham, Bonnie Horner, Carolyn Peterson, Rick Salazar (Memorabilia Chair), Kent Stormer, Bill Taylor (Webmaster & photographer).
Contributors: Gerry Blaufarb legal advisor and Gerri Smoluk Newsletter editor and design.
The SSAA needs your help!
We are frequently surprised to hear from former Syntex/Syva employees that they have never heard of the SSAA or believe that it is just for retirees (it's for all former employees). The only means we have to 'advertise' is through word of mouth. Please forward our Web address, http://www.syntexsyvaalumni.org, to ex-Syntexers/Syvas whom you know to inform them of the organization and our activities. Also, if you are attending the picnic or the ARGM, please tell others about the event.
Also, if you are interested in serving on the SSAA Board, please e-mail SSAA.
The focus of the Life Sciences Foundation is to tell the story of Biotechnology. You can use the link to the LSF and see the tribute article to Alejando Zaffaroni biotechhistory.org. Also, a keyword search of 'Syntex' gives several articles.
The SSAA continues to collect Syntex memorabilia and the Life Sciences Foundation has agreed to archive it as a historical collection and for publications.
In October 2015 the Life Sciences Foundation merged with the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Their statement: "CHF continues to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations".
The CHF has an interesting series of films titled Scientists You Must Know and one segment is about George Rosenkranz that can be viewed at this link.
With 68 members and spouses attending, the luncheon was another successful get together. The great Michael's buffet was enjoyed by all. This year the raffle included some Syntex/Syva memorabilia in addition to the gift cards.
We were fortunate at the meeting this year to have a talk by Marty Katz on 'The Birth of Syntex and Then The Pill'. He drew from his unique perspective and long Syntex history to create an informative and entertaining presentation that was well received by all.
Thanks to all who attended for keeping the spirit of Syntex & Syva alive!
Click here for photos of the picnic courtesy of Carolyn Peterson, Rick Salazar, Bill Taylor and Bonnie Wagner.
(See the Photos section for information on viewing photos with Shutterfly.)
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