Gregory Stephanopoulos’ research makes it possible to use biology to produce products such as medicine, biochemicals, bioplastic and biofuels.

Gregory Stephanopoulos receives the 2017 Novozymes Award in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering for his work in biological systems.
The Award is made to a distinguished Chemical or Biochemical Engineer, and includes a trophy and monetary prize of 100, 000 Danish kroner (USD 16.000).

Stephanopoulos is Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has for many years researched into the field of systems biology, which seeks to describe biological systems through mathematical models and data.

“The knowledge Gregory Stephanopoulos contributes is unique, and his work has laid the foundations for how we understand biological systems and what affects them,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior Vice President of Research and Technology at Novozymes. “His research has also laid the foundation for using biology to produce various products.”

Microbes and fungi are found everywhere in nature. With a little help from biotechnology, these microorganisms can be optimized for use in a variety of end markets like detergents, beer brewing, baking, bioenergy and pharmaceuticals, helping reduce the need for traditional oil-based chemicals.

“We honor Gregory Stephanopoulos because his work contributes to using biology to solve some of the world’s biggest issues, such as rising greenhouse gas emissions and other challenges linked to climate change,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang.
Gregory Stephanopoulos will receive the award at a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8, from 10.30-13.00 CET. The ceremony takes place at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center of Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark, Kemitorvet 220, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby.

The Novozymes Award in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering is awarded annually. It recognizes an extraordinary engineering or technological effort that promotes biochemical and chemical engineering development.

Previous recipients of the Award include Professor Emeritus John Villadsen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Professor Bernhard Palsson, DTU and University of California, San Diego (UCSD).