BIO Opens Nominations for the Third Annual Rosalind Franklin Award

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rosalind Franklin Award is given annually to an outstanding woman in
the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant
contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech
innovation. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) will begin
accepting nominations for the Award today. The award will be presented
and the winner will deliver remarks at the 2016
World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
in San Diego, California,
which will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center.

“Unfortunately, the groundbreaking work of Rosalind Franklin was
overshadowed by her male contemporaries and the contribution she made to
our understanding of DNA is very much overlooked,” stated Brent
Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental at BIO.
“With this award we hope to honor not only Rosalind Franklin’s legacy,
but also those women who have shown exemplary leadership and have broken
barriers in science.”

Rosalind Franklin conceived and captured Photograph 51 of the “B” form
of DNA in 1952, while at King’s College in London. This photograph,
acquired through 100 hours of X-ray exposure from a machine Dr. Franklin
herself refined, revealed the structure of DNA. The discovery of the
structure of DNA was the single most important advance in modern
biology. James Watson and Francis Crick, working at Cambridge
University, used Photograph 51 as the basis for their famous model of
DNA, which earned them a Nobel Prize in 1962. Though sometimes
overlooked, Rosalind Franklin’s critical work and discovery in the field
has allowed the biotechnology industry to become what it is today.

Past recipients of the Rosalind Franklin Award include:

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, guided LanzaTech in developing
the world’s first alternative jet fuel from industrial waste gases using
intermediates derived through industrial biotechnology.

Dr. Debbie Yaver’s, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics and
Bioinformatics at Novozymes, vision and leadership in genetic
engineering of industrial filamentous fungi has positioned Novozymes as
the world leader in enzymes for advanced biofuels.

The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose
goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science (

More information about the nomination process is available at
The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2016. Nominees must be
living individuals who exhibit leadership qualities, and have pioneered
efforts in industrial biotechnology. Applicants should demonstrate
significant innovative contributions in a field integral to the
advancement of a biobased economy.

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open
to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media
 is available to editors and reporters working full time
for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

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About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology
companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and
related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other
nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of
innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO
International Convention
, the world’s largest gathering of the
biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and
partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW
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