Leroy Hood to receive 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will present the 6th Annual Biotechnology Heritage Award to Leroy Hood, one of the world's leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics and one of the first advocates of the Human Genome Project. The presentation will be made on Monday, 7 June, during the plenary breakfast session at BIO 2004 in San Francisco.

"Award-winning researcher, gifted entrepreneur, and brilliant innovator, Leroy Hood pioneered the techniques that made the rapid pace of the Human Genome Project possible," said Arnold Thackray, president of CHF. "Without his contribution, the sequencing of the human genome could have taken years or even decades longer."

About Leroy Hood
Leroy Hood is president and cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, a non-profit research institute established to pioneer systems approaches to biology and medicine. He has also cofounded numerous biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Systemix, Darwin, Rosetta, and MacroGenics.

He earned an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1968. Hood has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and coauthored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics. He also coedited Code of Codes, a book about scientific, social, and ethical issues raised by genetic research.

His professional career began at Caltech, where he and colleagues pioneered the DNA and protein synthesizers and sequencers that constitute the technological foundation for contemporary molecular biology and have revolutionized genomics by allowing the rapid automated sequencing of DNA. He also played a pioneering role in deciphering the secrets of antibody diversity.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophica

Contact: Neil Gussman
Chemical Heritage Foundation

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