Hana and Dalimil Dvořák

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Hana and Dalimil Dvořák

Chemists and philanthropes

Hana and Dalimil Dvořák, the couple who established the Experientia Foundation, met each other during their student days, and it is entirely symbolic that they met in a chemistry laboratory. While Hana Dvořáková subsequently went on to collaborate with Professor Antonín Holý on the development of antiviral compounds, Dalimil Dvořák became a professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. In 2013, they started the Experientia Foundation, which supports young scientists in the fields of organic, bioorganic, and medicinal chemistry and, to date, they have provided grants to ten young scholars to help fund their post–doctoral research stays abroad. Currently, they are in the process of launching a new start-up grant programme with the aim of motivating young scientists to establish their own research groups in the Czech Republic. The Dvořáks unhesitatingly devote the money they have received from the licensing royalties associated with the antiviral compounds developed at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague back to science, explaining that this is, after all, whence the money comes.

Hana Dvořáková

Dr Hana Dvořáková is a co-founder of the Experientia Foundation, which she finances from her share of the licensing royalties she receives from the antiviral compounds she developed with Professor Antonín Holý at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences. After obtaining an MSc in organic chemistry from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Hana Dvořáková went on to receive a PhD from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for her dissertation on the topic “Acyclic Analogues of Nucleosides and Nucleotides with Modified Purine Bases“. Today, she teaches at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The subject of her research is the application of NMR spectroscopy in the field of calixarenes, resorcinarenes, and natural compounds; the study of conformational and dynamic properties of molecules and the kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions.

Dalimil Dvořák

Professor Ing. Dalimil Dvořák, CSc. Is a co-founder of the Experientia Foundation. After obtaining an MSc in organic chemistry from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Dalimil Dvořák went on to receive a PhD in the area of the chemistry of methylene malonic aldehydes from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 1990, Dalimil Dvořák started teaching organic chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The subject of his research is the use of transition metal complexes in organic synthesis; the study of the characteristics of Fischer carbene complexes, and the synthesis of purine derivatives with potential biological activity. In 2005, the President of the Czech Republic appointed Dalimil Dvořák as a professor.

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