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University of Chicago’s Milan Mrksich named one of the world’s top young innovators by Technology Review magazine

Milan Mrksich, Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Chicago, has been chosen as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine of innovation.

The TR100, chosen by Technology Review, consists of 100 young individuals whose innovative work in business and technology has a profound impact on today’s world. Nominees are recognized for their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology, telecommunications and transportation.

Mrksich’s work combines synthetic chemistry with materials science to study important problems in cell biology. He develops biochips for a host of biological and biotechnological applications, including drug discovery or as a diagnostic for biological warfare agents. Mrksich has patented several chip-based chemical technologies for rapidly screening biological molecules for active compounds. His technologies have been licensed for commercial development by Surface Logix of Brighton, Mass.

Mrksich joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1996. He is the recipient of a Searle Scholar Award and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, both in 1996. He also has received an Alfred Sloan Fellowship and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, both in 2000.

Mrksich will be honored May 23 during a conference and awards ceremony at MIT. The event, themed "The Innovation Economy: How Technology is Transforming Existing Businesses and Created New Ones," includes a full day of conference sessions and panel discussions, followed by an evening awards ceremony.

TR100’s panel of judges includes:

David Baltimore, President, California Institute of Technology
Alfred Berkeley III, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ
Richard Demillo, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard
Philippe Janson, Vice President, IBM Academy of Technology
Robert Metcalfe, Venture Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
Cherry Murray, Senior Vice President of Physical Science Research, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
Nicholas Negroponte, Director, MIT Media Laboratory
Judith Rodin, President, University of Pennsylvania

Technology Review, MIT’s “Magazine of Innovation,” is the world’s oldest technology magazine. Since 1998, TechnologyReview’s paid circulation has more than tripled, from 92,000 to 310,000 (as of January 2002).
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