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KACS hosted its annual poster session titled Sustainable Science – Recycle a Poster at Bell's Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on Nov. 15, 2016. For the 6th year in a row, KACS organized this public event, which was made possible through a generous grant from Zoetis. As before, there were many research posters in addition to a keynote speaker. Over 110 people attended this social gathering; 49% of the attendees were ACS members.
Dr. McTier discussed the discovery and development of sarolaner (Simparica®) in Zoetis' labs here in Kalamazoo in his talk Discovery and Development of Simparica® – A Novel Companion Animal Isoxazoline Parasiticide. He is Therapeutic Area Head for Companion Animal Parasitology and Research Director in Global Therapeutics Research, Veterinary Medicine Research and Development at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, MI. This drug is a novel isoxazoline derivative and has unique structural features important for its potency and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties.
Event visitors had a chance to enjoy hot appetizers and beer from 5 to 9 pm while listening to the keynote speech, mingling and reviewing the posters that were given. There were 28 new or "recycled" (from a previous conference) posters highlighting scientific results from Zoetis, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University (WMU), among others. Some work was done in collaboration with other institutions. There were 15 student presenters from WMU; 8 from Kalamazoo College and one student from Portage High School. The local section also gave out three $50 cash prizes, which were drawn from the pool of poster presenters who submitted an abstract early. KACS Treasurer Andre R. Venter delivered the prizes to the winners: Lainey R. Barber, Nicole L. Burke and Haider Faraj.
The prize winners presented these posters:
The Kalamazoo Local Section also used this popular event as an opportunity to get feedback from all visitors by distributing a paper survey. The Executive Committee thanks all the participants for filling out the questionnaires, and the data is currently being reviewed. Last but not least, the KACS Board is grateful for the financial support that Zoetis has provided to help defer the expenses associated with this event.