SAN DIEGO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nanotech Company, LLC, a leading
small tech advisory firm, is proud that the company's Co-Founder and
Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D. PhD, will receive
the 2005 Japan Prize. The award is given for his decisive role in elucidating
the molecular mechanism of cell-to-extracellular matrix adhesion.
The Japan Prize (and cash award) is presented at a rare public appearance
of the Emperor at the focus of a one-week celebration.
Dr. Ruoslahti said, "I am thrilled and honored to be receiving this
prestigious prize. It is in recognition of work done about 20 years ago when
we showed that a 3 amino acid chemical motif is the key structure for cell
attachment. Compounds that contain this so-called RGD peptide motif are used
in the clinic to prevent blood clotting, and RGD drugs for other uses are
under development. My particular current interest is to use RGD and other
peptides to build 'smart' nanoparticles that can deliver drugs to tumors."
Darrell Brookstein, Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Nanotech
Company, LLC said, "This international award for scientific achievement and
service to humanity is in recognition of Dr. Ruoslahti's work in biology. Many
winners have been awarded the Nobel. We wish our SAB Chairman the heartiest of
congratulations and look forward to the early results of his current nano-
The Japan Prize is awarded for original and outstanding achievements in
science and technology that are recognized as having advanced the frontiers of
knowledge and served the cause of peace and prosperity for mankind.
The Nanotech Company, LLC ensures that emerging small tech companies
achieve their corporate development goals by accessing its significant
scientific, corporate development, and financial advisory resources. Managing
Director, Darrell Brookstein, a 30 year financial executive, and Erkki
Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor and bionanoscientist, have
assembled an eminent team of specialists to enhance and accelerate the
intelligent growth of small tech companies.
The company publishes a free weekly e-digest of nanotech news, and
Nanotech Fortunes. For information, visit http://www.nanotechnology.com .
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