The presentation of the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize to the biochemist Frances Arnold won considerable attention from the world’s media.
Millennium Technology Prize
Biochemical engineer Frances Arnold wins 2016 Millennium Technology Prize for ‘directed evolution’ revolution
Technology Academy Finland (TAF) has today declared American innovator Frances Arnold as winner of the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize, the prominent award for technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives.
The Finnish one million euro prize for an innovation promoting better life and sustainable development will be awarded in Helsinki on 24 May.
Candidates for the Millennium Technology Prize were under assessment by an international selection committee in Helsinki.
The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life. The aims of the prize are to promote technological research and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state.
Awarded by the Technology Academy Finland (TAF), the Millennium Technology Prize is attracting ever greater attention worldwide. By the end of the 2015 nomination period, a total of 79 innovations were submitted as candidates for the one million euro prize, which will be awarded in May 2016. The number of submissions doubled from the last round (40 nominations in 2013), and the nominations encompassed 114 persons (45 in 2013), an all-time record. This round also included considerably more research teams per innovation than before. The Finnish scientific community was exceptionally active in submitting nominations. The largest number of candidates came from Europe and the United States.