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NAKFI Synthetic Biology Alumnus receives Heinz Award


  Jay Keasling. Photo from www.heinzawards.net
NAKFI Synthetic Biology alumnus, Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley), was named the winner of a Heinz Award, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation, in the category of Technology, Environment & Employment for his work in the field of synthetic biology.

NAKFI Synthetic Biology alumnus, Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley), was named the winner of a Heinz Award, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation, in the category of Technology, Environment & Employment for his work in the field of synthetic biology.

The Heinz Award press release honors Dr. Keasling for his work in creating “an affordable method for the mass-production of artemisinin, a plant-derived, life-saving anti-malarial drug for use in developing countries”.  Keasling and four others will be honored at an awards ceremony October 11th in Pittsburg, PA. The award includes a $250,000 cash prize.

Dr. Keasling is a Professor in the departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is also CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute.

The Heinz Awards recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.

To learn more about Dr. Keasling and his work visit http://cheme.berkeley.edu/faculty/keasling/.
More information about this year’s Heinz Award winners is available at  http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients.