Mansukh Wani, a scientist and leading cancer drug researcher at RTI International since 1962, was among the six winners to receive the prestigious North Carolina Awards last week from Gov. Mike Easley.

Dr. Wani was cited for scientific research. He and the late Monoe Wall discovered two compounds (camptothecin and Taxcol), derivatives of which are used in nearly one third of all anti-cancer medications, according to RTI.

“Through his ongoing research, Dr. Wani continues to improve the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families,” said Victoria Haynes, RTI president and chief executive officer. “We are honored and very pleased to see him recognized for this research that has positively improved the lives of so many people.”

Wani is a native of India. He earned a doctorate degree at Indiana University and joined RTI in 1962.