From the Organix news and events posting:
Peter Meltzer passed away on January 25, 2024, after a long and difficult 6.5 years battling Alzheimer’s.
Peter was an exceptional chemist, scientist, and businessman. In 1986 along with two others; Raj Razdan and Howard Sard; they founded Organix. Peter had a vision of a CRO in the Boston area that would serve the Pharmaceutical Industry. At the time there was only one large chemistry company and that was not even a pharma company. Through his and the other founder’s vision they grew Organix to be one of the premier boutique chemistry CROs.
Peter earned his Masters and Doctorate Degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) South Africa. After graduating he then moved to the Boston area where he took up a postdoctoral research position at MIT under Sir Jack Baldwin. When Sir Jack relocated his group back to the UK Peter decided to stay and started work in the chemistry industry. Peter’s scientific career resulted in over 100 publications and >20 patents. Peter was most proud of his work towards the treatment of drug abuse, specifically cocaine abuse. He had many grants and contracts with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other governmental agencies. This lifetime work resulted in diagnostic tools for Parkinson’s Disease, of which several were licensed to local companies for further development.
Link to his obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/brookline-ma/peter-meltzer-11641783