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Brookhaven Scientist wins 2004 R&D 100 Award
Published: July 12, 2004
Posted: August 17, 2004

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Dr. F.W. Studier, Senior Biophysicist in the Biology Department have won a 2004 R&D 100 Award. The award was given by R&D Magazine for developing one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. The magazine has been recognizing innovators and their organizations for over 40 years. One of the current challenges in biological research is to produce large quantities of specific proteins to be used in further studies. Dr. Studier has addressed this challenge by developing a system, called an autoinduction system that potentially reduces the complexity of the protein production process by eliminating the requirement to add specific molecules (inducing agents) to stimulate production. The system also reduces or eliminates the tedious need to monitor cell cultures for the correct time to add the inducing agent. The combination of these characteristics makes this product an ideal system for high-throughput protein production and purification. The autoinduction system is marketed by Novagen, EMD Biosciences, Inc. under the brand name Overnight Express.

Contact: Arthur Katz, SC-72, (301) 903-4932
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Biosystems Design
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-72 Life Sciences Division, OBER)


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