Chad Mirkin named Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year


Chad Mirkin
We are pleased to announce that Chad Mirkin, of Northwestern University, in Evanston in the US, has been named Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. He is the first non-UK researcher to receive the title, which acknowledges an individual’s contribution to the commercialisation of chemistry research.

In particular, the award recognises Mirkin’s development and successful commercialisation of spherical nucleic acids. These globular forms of DNA and RNA have been licensed for hundreds of products, including new diagnostic tools for cancer screening, and gene therapy drugs. Mirkin is director of Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology, and is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has more than 900 patents to his name and has founded four spin-out companies.

The £4000 prize is awarded every year by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Past winners include Paul Workman (2012), Karl Coleman (2011) and Hagan Bayley (2009).

Don’t miss our upcoming feature, which will take a detailed look at Mirkin and his work.


Related Content

No small success

12 June 2013 Premium contentFeature

news image

Chad Mirkin has spun out his nanotechnology research into several companies

Chemistry World podcast - July 2013

1 July 2013 Podcast | Monthly

news image

Hagan Bayley explains the scientific scope for 3D printing and Chad Mirkin introduces programmable DNA building blocks

Most Read

Antimicrobial resistance will kill 300 million by 2050 without action

16 December 2014 News and Analysis

news image

UK report says resistance will cost global economy $100 trillion

Cutting edge chemistry in 2014

10 December 2014 Research

news image

We take a look back at the year's most interesting chemical science stories

Most Commented

A bad business

19 December 2014 Critical Point

news image

Targets and assessments can boost productivity at universities – but only if they do not stifle creativity and alienate the...

Unusual 2D silica allotrope predicted

25 June 2014 Research

news image

Simulations say graphene-like silica would become thicker when stretched