Biotechnology holds the potential to develop solutions for some of the biggest, global challenges: global warming, better food production and clean air and water.

"We know a lot but there is still a need for new knowledge and research. One of the most important research areas within biotechnology is enzyme assays, methods to identify the best enzymes among nature’s many millions. Therefore, every two years, we invite students and postdocs to participate in The Enzyme Assay Scientist Award," says Dorota Nissen, research scientist at Novozymes.

The Enzyme Assay Scientist Award 2016

The winner of the 2016 award is young researcher Matthias Mickert from the Gorris group at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Matthias developed a 'Three-in-one enzyme assay based on single molecule detection in femtoliter arrays'. 

The next Enzyme Assay Scientist Award will be held in 2018.

About The Enzyme Assay Scientist Award

The Enzyme Assay Scientist Award is awarded by Novozymes, the world’s biggest producer of industrial enzymes, and ranked the best scientific employer in the world by Science Magazine. The aim of the award is to boost general awareness about, and interest in, assays, and reward the good ideas about assays that are developed by young scientists. Along with the award comes a check for €5000.

The Enzyme Assay Scientist Award also offers a possibility for closer cooperation between universities and Novozymes, allowing the award winner to further explore their assay idea in cooperation with a world-leading biotech company. Previous awards have resulted in collaboration agreements between the awardee’s research group and Novozymes.

In 2014, the winner was postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sofiene Abdellaoui, of University Claude Bernard Lyon, for his assay: 'An Electrochemical Platform for Screening Oxidoreductase Activities'.