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Joanna Breitstein is a contributor to Pharmaceutical Executive.
Photos from the awards ceremony of the first US Prix Galien, September 25, 2007 in New York City.
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.