– USA, CA – Illumina congratulates Frances Arnold, a board director who joined the Board of the San Diego life sciences giant in 2016, and professor at Caltech, for her Nobel Prize for Chemistry, as announced Oct. 3 She shared her Nobel Prize with co recipients, George Smith and Sir Gregory Winter, for related work on “the phage display of peptides and antibodies.”.
“When you are working to solve mankind’s largest problems – cancer, hunger, neurological diseases, etc. – it helps to work with the world’s smartest people,” Illumina CEO Francis deSouza said in a statement.
The Nobel committee split the chemistry prize. Arnold received half for her work in directed evolution, an approach for creating new and better enzymes in the lab, helping to advance drugs and alternative energies.
Frances Arnold manages a research group at the California Institute of Technology and is the director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center.
Along with the Nobel, Frances Arnold has received numerous other honors, including the Millennium Technology Prize and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
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