CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley T. Crooke, Ph.D., M.D., founder, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS), has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award by the San Diego section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award recognizes Dr. Crooke's contributions in leading Isis Pharmaceuticals, a long-standing leader in drug discovery in the San Diego community. Isis' innovative RNA-based drug discovery technology has created a pipeline of novel antisense drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases.
"I am honored to be recognized by the American Chemical Society as this year's distinguished scientist. I am proud to be a part of an organization that strives to advance chemistry across all disciplines and support the local chapter's efforts to increase education and awareness of chemistry among San Diego's future scientists," said Stanley T. Crooke, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer and chairman at Isis.
During the last year, Isis has experienced substantial growth in all areas of its business, including the approval of KYNAMRO™, advancement of its product pipeline with positive clinical data in multiple programs, and completion of several successful partnerships that should accelerate discovery and development of drugs to improve the lives of patients and significantly improve the Company's already strong financial position. More information on the award is available at www.sandiegoacs.org.The Distinguished Scientist Award is bestowed annually by the San Diego Section of the ACS to a scientist that has made outstanding professional contributions. Previous winners of the honor include: Roger Y. Tsien, Julius Rebek, Chi-Huey Wong, K. C. Nicolaou and Barry Sharpless. ABOUT ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.Isis is exploiting its leadership position in antisense technology to discover and develop novel drugs for its product pipeline and for its partners. Isis' broad pipeline consists of 30 drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases with an emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic, severe and rare diseases, including neurological disorders, and cancer. Isis' partner, Genzyme, is commercializing Isis' lead product, KYNAMRO™, in the United States for the treatment of patients with HoFH. Isis' patents provide strong and extensive protection for its drugs and technology. Additional information about Isis is available at www.isispharm.com.