Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dr. Phillip Sharp to address the Chamber on Monday

On the same day that the Nobel Foundation announces the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Nobel Laureate Dr. Phillip A. Sharp will address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Sharp was awarded the same prize in 1993 for his discovery of split genes. Now an institute professor at MIT, Dr. Sharp's research is focused on understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

In 1978 he co-founded Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and in 2002 he co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage therapeutics company. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers, received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for the government, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies.

To register for Monday's breakfast with Dr. Sharp, click here.


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