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Chairman Presents Akzo Nobel Science Award

CEO Hans Wijers has officially presented the Akzo Nobel Science Award to this year’s winner, Professor Mathias Uhlén.

CEO Hans Wijers has officially presented the Akzo Nobel Science Award to this year’s winner, Professor Mathias Uhlén.

The ceremony took place in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday to honor Professor Uhlén’s (pictured) unique research in the field of biotechnology and his ability to bridge research and industry.

Co-founder of several biotech companies, Professor Uhlén—of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm—is the creator of a KTH project to map human proteins.

Of the total set of around 22,000 proteins, around five to ten are mapped each day and Professor Uhlén’s project is considered to be the biggest in the world into protein research. Given that 98% of all drugs are created to act on proteins in the body, the project is also one of the most important for the future development of new drugs.

As well as presenting the SEK 500,000 (approx EUR 57,000), Wijers also gave a short speech on the value of maintaining close links with the scientific community and the importance of Sweden’s role within Akzo Nobel.

Now in its 35th year, the Akzo Nobel Science Award alternates annually between Sweden and the Netherlands, although it has only been presented in Sweden since 1999.

(Released: March 16, 2005)

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