The American Chemical Society presented Dr. Sievers with the Astellas Award for development of the first inhalable dry powder measles vaccine in 2009. The vaccine has past pre-clinical tests, and in 2010, will enter planned phase I clinical trials in humans in Pune, India. The vaccine is needle free and has been showed to provide protection in rhesus macaques. Its shelf life is more than 2 years at 2 to 8 degrees C.
The Boulder Rotary Club named one of its most active members in humanitarian activities internationally, Bob Sievers, to receive its annual humanitarian award for his work in collaboration with the Serum Institute of India to develop needle-free vaccines in dry powder inhalable form for children in developing countries. The work was funded in part by a $20 million grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Sievers was the principal investigator in a 25 member team working together from 9 organizations, led by Aktiv-Dry LLC.
Sievers has coauthored approximately 200 publications, which have been cited in more than 300 publications by other groups. He has been awarded 41 US and foreign patents. In 2007, he won the Pinnacle of Inventorship Award from the University of Colorado. In Barcelona, he earlier received the Tswett Chromatography Metal, and in New Orleans, the Dimick Award in chromatography for his research in atmospheric aerosols and pollution control. In 2009, he was named to receive the Research Impact Award for inhalable vaccines by Bill Ritter, Governor of Colorado. He was mentored 40 students who have earned their Ph.D. degrees.
University of Colorado The Thomas Jefferson Award
Sponsored by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation, the Blair Endowment, and the University of Colorado Alumni Associations, this award honors a member of the faculty whose life and work promote a Jeffersonian commitment to broad intellectual pursuits and the strong advancement of democratic principles.
Presented to ROBERT E. SIEVERS
for his profound commitment to the welfare and rights of individuals, and for his enrichment of the University of Colorado through his distinguished teaching and outstanding and seminal research in atmospheric chemistry, through his tireless service as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, as Dean of the Graduate School, and as a University Regent, through his membership on numerous executive and advisory boards in the arts, in the sciences, and in government, through his accomplished sculpting of works of public art, and through his continuing and substantial support of less advantaged members of the university community.
Elizabeth Hoffman President of the University April 27, 2001