UKRI congratulates Nobel Prize-winning scientist

UKRI congratulates Nobel Prize-winning scientist

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) would like to congratulate Professor Sir Gregory Winter after the pioneering researcher was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Sir Gregory, a former deputy director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, was jointly awarded the prize with Frances H. Arnold and George P. Smith.

Sir Gregory and George P. Smith share half of the prize ‘for the phage display of peptides and antibodies’.

UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: “Sir Greg Winter’s pioneering research, much of it supported by the Medical Research Council, has made major contributions to global health and wellbeing.

“The phage display method he developed led to a new range of targeted therapies and effective treatments for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

“On behalf of UKRI, I would like to send our warmest congratulations to Sir Greg on the extremely well-deserved award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. We are all delighted for him.”

Prof Fiona Watt, Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council, said: “Huge congratulations to Professor Sir Gregory Winter on this well-deserved accolade! 

"The pioneering breakthrough work by Sir Greg and his colleagues at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology to develop humanised, and human, therapeutic antibodies has initiated a pharmaceutical revolution and led to the establishment of a whole new class of drugs which have helped millions of patients worldwide.  Today, monoclonal antibodies account for a third of all new treatments, such as the arthritis drugs adalimumab and Humira, the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada and the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

 “The MRC is proud to have funded Sir Greg Winter over many years to conduct this research.  His success is a testament to the MRC’s strategy for long-term investment of taxpayers’ money in fundamental discovery research.  This is the second Nobel celebration in two years at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology – no wonder it’s known as the ‘Nobel prize factory’!”