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The Novozymes Prize

The 2018 Novozymes Prize is being awarded to Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Stockholm University, for his scientific breakthroughs in studies of membrane proteins.


Focus on biotechnology

The Novozymes Prize aims to raise awareness of basic and applied biotechnology research.

The Prize is awarded to recognize outstanding research or technology contributions that benefit the development of biotechnological science for innovative solutions. It is awarded for a predominantly European contribution. Awardees must have a current position at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country. They can have any nationality.

The Novozymes Prize Committee awards the Prize based on the nominations received. Anyone can nominate a candidate for the Prize. 

The Prize is awarded annually and is of DKK 3 million. DKK 2.5 million is a funding amount for the awardee’s research, while DKK 0.5 million is a personal award. The Prize may not be awarded to members of the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation or members of committees or to members of boards, directors or employees of the Novo Group.

The Foundation’s collaborating partners and the winner’s guests attend the award ceremony in March, where the prize winner gives an introduction to his or her research. In addition, in celebration of the award, the recipient and the Foundation arrange an international symposium within the scientific field of the prize winner.

Watch videos with the two prize recipients here.



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Biology wizard surprised to receive Novozymes Prize

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is awarding the 2018 Novozymes Prize to Gunnar von Heijne. The Prize is accompanied by DKK 3 million.

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