Sir Gregory Winter is the Chairman of the Croucher Foundation and a molecular biologist who has pioneered the field of protein engineering and played an important role in sequencing the genome of the influenza virus. The techniques he invented in the 1980s for the industrial production of human antibodies for therapeutic purposes remain in widespread use. His research was conducted at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering in Cambridge, UK.
Thanks to Sir Gregory’s achievements in this field, human antibodies can now be grown directly in the test tube without the need for living matter. This procedure has greatly sped up the development of new diagnostic techniques and has been put to use in a wide variety of clinical trials.
Sir Gregory is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and served as the Master of the College from 2012 to 2019. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990 and received a knighthood in 2004 for his services to science. He was the recipient of the 2006 Biochemical Society Award. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on 3 October 2018 for his work on phage displays for antibodies. He filed numerous patents for his work and has over the years founded several successful biotechnology businesses to put his techniques into practice. Through these ventures, he has helped to translate his scientific discoveries into commercially successful products that have improved the lives of millions of people worldwide.
15 May 2023