Arvid Carlsson Award for innovative research
The Arvid Carlsson Award 2019 is awarded Professor Jens Nielsen at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.
“He is a role model in translating fundamental research into innovation and an inspiration within entrepreneurship,” says Marianne Dicander Alexandersson, chairman of Sahlgrenska Science Park and the award jury.
In 2017 Sahlgrenska Science Park established the award with the aim to pay tribute to innovation, knowledge and competence in conjunction with good entrepreneurship. The winners represent actors within academia, healthcare and industry who drive development for human health and wellbeing.
“I am very honored to receive this prestigious award for innovation. Arvid Carlsson was a pioneer in taking excellent science and translate it for use in society and getting an award in his name makes me humble,” says Jens Nielsen.
Jens Nielsen, former Head of Division, Systems and Synthetic Biology, is the first professor to be awarded. Previous winners have been life science companies. His research in systems biology is highly recognized internationally and has created breakthrough opportunities for the industry, for example the metabolic engineering of cell factories. He is also cofounder of a number of life science companies, including Elypta, which develops techniques for early detection of cancer.
About Arvid Carlsson
Arvid Carlsson, born 1923, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for ”discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system ” in 2000. Among other things, he studied the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. He shared the award with the Americans Paul Greengard and Eric R. Kandel. Arvid Carlsson’s research led to the recognition that Parkinson’s disease is caused by dopamine deficiency in some parts of the brain and subsequently to the production of an effective drug against this disease.
Text: Susanne Nilsson Lindh