Stefan Knapp is the 2018 recipient of the Biochemical Society's Industry and Academic Collaboration Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has made an inspirational contribution to the biosciences and to industry–academia interactions.
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The inaugural Industry and Academic Collaboration Award will be awarded in 2018 to Stefan Knapp from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences at Frankfurt University as well as at the Structural Genomics Consortium at Oxford University. His research team made a major contribution to the understanding of structural mechanisms regulating signalling molecules such as protein kinases, phosphatases, acetylation dependent reader domains of the bromodomain family and the exploitation of this knowledge for the development of highly specific inhibitors. In the framework of a large collaborative network involving many academic research groups and industry he pioneered the development of protein interaction inhibitors targeting bromodomains that function as lysine acetylation dependent reader domains of the epigenetic code as well as highly specific allosteric inhibitors modulating kinase function.
On winning the Industry and Academic Collaboration Award, Stefan said “I am extremely honoured and delighted to receive the 2018 Biochemical Society Industry and Academic Collaboration Award. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the outstanding team of scientists in academia and industry that I had the privilege collaborating with.”