2013 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate, Sir Gregory Winter was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry today. His research accomplishments “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies” are recognized alongside fellow laureate George P. Smith. The overall prize is also shared with Frances H. Arnold who is recognized in the same category “for the directed evolution of enzymes.”
Through his work, Sir Gregory discovered how to create synthetic human antibodies against human targets in a way where they will not be rejected by the immune system. This advance has led to the development of modern treatments for inflammatory conditions, cancers and infectious diseases and has impacted human health worldwide.
Sir Gregory becomes the 89th Gairdner laureate to subsequently win the Nobel Prize joining fellow 2018 Nobelist, Dr. James Allison (Nobel Prize in Medicine) earlier this week.
(photo credit: Aga Machaj © 2016)