Using the power of directed evolution of enzymes to solve practical problems is at the core of ROBOX activities. This science has been recognised by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award this years prize for chemistry to three researchers who have contributed greatly to opening these new avenues to chemical discovery for vital applications. These techniques have produced novel, beneficial enzymes used in pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, industrial chemistry and many other fields.
Hence we congratulate Frances H. Arnold – Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology who received half of this year’s prize for being the first to artificially direct the evolution of enzymes for a wide range of uses and playing the leading role in this discipline.
She becomes only the fifth woman to receive the Nobel Chemistry Prize.
George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter shared the other half of the prize for developing a technique called phage display, which uses directed evolution to produce pharmaceutically useful enzymes.