ICOS-20, 20th International Conference on Organic Synthesis
Friday, 20 October 2017
Margaret Brimble


BrimbleMargaret Brimble – Brief Biography

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble CNZM, FRSNZ holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry and is Director of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Auckland. She is Chair of the RSNZ Rutherford Foundation, a member of the management committee for the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, President-elect of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Organic and Biomolecular Division and Chair of the Synthesis Subcommittee, an Associate Editor for the RSC journal Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry and a member of >10 international chemistry journal editorial advisory boards.  Her previous roles include: President of the International Society for Heterocyclic Chemistry, Member of the RSNZ Marsden Fund Council, Chair of the Physical Sciences Panel and member of the Academy Council of RSNZ. 

Professor Brimble was awarded the 2012 RSNZ Rutherford Medal (NZ’s top science medal), the 2010 RSC Natural Product Chemistry Award, the 2011 RACI Adrien Albert Award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and named the 2007 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Asia-Pacific in Materials Science.

Professor Brimble’s research interests focus on the synthesis of bioactive natural products and the synthesis of peptides, glycopeptides, and peptide mimetics as potential therapeutic agents. Her research group developed the drug candidate NNZ2566 for Neuren Pharmaceuticals that is in phase 2b clinical trials for traumatic brain injury and Rett Syndrome in partnership with the US Army Walter Reed Institute. Her laboratory has also recently been licensed by Medsafe NZ to manufacture clinical grade peptides as active pharmaceutical ingredients for the human clinical trial of potential melanoma vaccines. She has published over 350 papers and 22 patents.