Bacteria and Business: Nobel Laureate to Speak at WPI

May 06, 2014


Sir Richard Roberts, PhD, Nobel Laureate and chief scientific officer of New England Biolabs, will present two seminars at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).


May 12, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, Mass.


At 11:30 a.m. Roberts will present "Bacteria and DNA Methylation," discussing recent technological advances that allow for rapid analysis of the methylation patterns that help regulate gene expression. At 2 p.m. Roberts will present "New England Biolabs, a Company of Scientists," which will focus on his company's business model and the balance between research and commerce.

About Sir Richard Roberts

Roberts was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993, jointly with Phillip Sharpe, for their independent discoveries in 1977 of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene splicing. Their discoveries were fundamental to the development of recombinant DNA technology and the biotechnology industry. Roberts has served as a consultant and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at New England Biolabs (NEB) since 1974. He joined NEB in 1992 as chief scientific officer. He holds Doctor of Science degrees from Sheffield University and Derby University.