Cyndie received a BS in chemistry from Drexel University in 1972, a PhD in organic chemistry from Princeton University in 1976 and did a postdoctoral in synthetic chemistry at Princeton from 1976-1977. In 1977 she joined SmithKline & French Laboratories as a medicinal chemist and worked there until 1981. From 1981-1988 she worked at McNeil Pharmaceutical as Section Head of Chemical Process Research. From 1991-2004 she worked at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute. In 2004 she moved to Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson medical device unit, and is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Cordis facility in Spring House.
Throughout her distinguished career, Cyndie has published over 95 scientific papers, over 95 abstracts, 3 books and has over 50 US/European patents issued or pending. She has received many awards such as the Philadelphia Section Award, ACS in 1991; TWIN Award (Tribute to Women and Industry, YMCA) 1997; Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, a national award of the ACS, 1999; Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Service to the Profession (Drexel University) 1999, Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club Award 1999, University of Pennsylvania Trustee’s Council of Penn – Women in Chemistry Award 2001; the National Commission for Cooperative Education Hall of Fame (2002-2003 inaugural class); the Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management, a national award of the ACS, 2005; the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for Business Development from the ACS Division of Business Development and Management 2007; the Anthony J. and Heand Silvestri Award 2008, and the Ronald Mitsch Award 2008.
Cyndie has been very active in the scientific community and in particular ACS. It was her concern for the importance of collaborations between academia and industry that led to her volunteering for the ACS and other organizations. Currently she is a councilor for the Division of Organic Chemistry and has held an elected position on the Executive Committee since 1988. Cyndie was elected chair of the division in 1997 and was the first woman to serve in this position. She has served as chair of the Student Travel Awards Committee from 1990-present, and has chaired and organized 22 Award Symposia and 12 Sessions at National ACS Meetings. Her other activities include membership of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry Long Range Planning Committee, 1999-2003 and Women Chemists Committee as a Committee Associate in 1995. Some of the positions she has held in ACS on a national level are: ACS Task Force on Multidisciplinary Chemistry, 2004-2005; Advisory Board of Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2000-2004; Committee on Science, 1992-1995; ACS Books Advisory Board, 1994-1997; Advisory Board of Chemical & Engineering News, 1990-1992; and the ACS PRE Advisory Board, 1986-1989.
Some of the other organizations of which Cyndie is a member or has been a member are: Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club; a fellow of AAAS (1992); Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society Drexel Chapter; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; IUPAC.
Above is only a snapshot of Cyndie’s career accomplishments and her many contributions to ACS. This is enough to give you a sense of why Cyndie Maryanoff was selected as one of the ACS Fellows in the inaugural year.