Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 Winner


Professor Tom Brown
Professor Tom Brown
University of Oxford

For pioneering research on nucleic acids successfully commercialised.

About the Winner


Tom Brown was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire where he attended Broadway Grammar School. He received a first class honours degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bradford then carried out postdoctoral research at Nottingham University (with Gerry Pattenden and Leslie Crombie), Oxford University (with John Jones) and Cambridge University (with Olga Kennard). 

In 1985 he was appointed to a New Blood lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader then Professor, and where his interests in commercialisation of research began. He moved to Southampton University in 1995 where he was Professor of Chemical Biology until 2013. He is currently Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at Oxford University and is a member of the Departments of Chemistry and Oncology. 

His research interests centre on DNA sequence recognition and applications of oligonucleotide chemistry in biology, nanotechnology and medicine. He is the co-founder of three Biotech companies (Oswel, ATDBio and Primer Design) and has published over 300 research papers and patents. 

He has received several awards including the Royal Society of Chemistry Josef Loschmidt prize, the RSC award for Nucleic Acid Chemistry and the RSC prize for Interdisciplinary Research. Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently President elect of the Chemistry Biology Interface Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


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