Salvatore Sal Forenza

June 22, 1946October 5, 2013

Salvatore Forenza, 67, of Exton, PA passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with colon cancer at home on Saturday October 5, 2013 surrounded by his family. Sal was the husband of Cynthia (nee Dwyer) and of the late Brenda (nee Parker) Forenza; and son of Francesco & Leda (nee D’ Antonio) Forenza. Salvatore was born in Taranto, Italy, June 22, 1946. He graduated with a Doctorate in Bio-Organic Chemistry in 1970 from the University of Napes. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, University of Wyoming, & Tulane University. Sal was a professor & teaching assistant at Yale University, College of the Virgin Islands & a Research Scientist at Erba Research Institute, Milan, Italy. Since being a member of the academic community, Salvatore was a Director & Team Leader at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. where he was a member of the team that developed the extremely popular Chemotherapy medication, Taxol. After his retirement from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Sal was President & Co-founder of Sopherion Therapeutics Inc. where he helped develop the chemotherapy medication Myocet. Salvatore is survived by his children, Renato & Kevin as well as many step children: Butch & Cara Destefano; Jennifer Allegra (nee O’Sullivan)(Chris); James & Allison Dwyer Fonda. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren: Hailey & Christopher Allegra. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Salvatore’s honor to: American Cancer Society and MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue at Please visit for more information.


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June 8, 2014

Hearing about Salvastore was bad news. He worked in my laboratory at Farmitalia, Milan, showing himself as a polite gentleman and a competent researcher. In his memory I contributed to the Canadian Husky Rescue. Federico Arcamone

Wes noon

April 14, 2014

He was a kind man who treated others like he would like to be treated.

bill lebherz

November 1, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Sal. I worked with Sal in the 80's when I managed the Fermentation Program at the NCI-Frederick Cancer Research Center. Through Sal's efforts a contract with Bristol Myers Squibb was established with my employers. Because of this, new life was breathed into drug development efforts at the NCI-FCRC. Our relationship with Sal and with BMS was based on mutual trust. Sal was the reason for that trust. I think about him now and then and it makes me smile. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.