The Power List 2017 – Masters of the Bench
Director, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, and Professor, Free University of Berlin
“Early on, I received a Fulbright scholarship to perform graduate work at the University of Colorado with Marv Caruthers, the inventor of gene synthesis machines and a co-founder of Amgen. It opened new perspectives and eventually led to my work on automated glycan assembly, which in turn resulted in novel vaccines and diagnostics. My work today focuses on creating vaccines to protect everybody from deadly infectious diseases, and new methods to produce affordable drugs.
“I believe the industry needs to be incentivised to work on diseases of poverty, and we need to make drugs more affordable such that everybody can share in the advances of the industry.”