Frances Arnold awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry
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Biochemical engineer Frances Arnold has been awarded with he 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, in recognition of her work in the field of ‘enzyme directed evolution’, which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory. The Prize is half-shared with George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter, who have been awarded jointly "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies."
Enzyme directed evolution is one of the protein engineering tools used by EnzOx2 partners to develop and improve new oxidative biocatalysts. With the present Prize, this revolutionary technique has been recognized as one of the most powerful tools to provide solutions for more environmentally friendly manufacturing of chemical substances, such as pharmaceuticals, and the production of renewable fuels for a greener transport sector, among others.