The Prix Galien Awards were established more than 30 years ago in France to honor research innovation within the pharmaceutical
industry. Since their creation, the awards have expanded to other countries around the globe. This year marked the first time
the Prix Galien Awards honored American innovation. The black-tie event—held on Sept. 25, 2007, at New York City's swank Cipriani—was
truly a star-studded affair, presided over by television personality Charlie Rose and featuring a special appearance by author
and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Medals were awarded by an esteemed panel of judges, including the six Nobel laureates
in attendance. Pfizer's Chantix and Merck's Januvia took home awards for best pharmaceutical product, and Abbott Labs' Humira
and Merck's Gardasil won in the biotech class—but a good time was had by all.