We're exploring the biochemical foundations of life.

Without understanding how things work, we can’t fix them when they’re broken. In this day of modern diseases, this is critical. Fundamental science - biology, chemistry, physics, math – is our toolbox with which we can make smart solutions for medicine, our environment and technology.

All Nobel Prize winners are awarded for their discoveries that fill a gap in our current knowledge. The ‘spill-over’ from their findings generate progress and shape our society. We recognize the importance of scientific curiosity and have created the Science for Life domain in Utrecht that serves as a breeding ground for our innovation ecosystem. 

The research and discoveries in this domain bring diversity, insight and detail to our understanding of how life and its components work. Focus areas include molecular and cellular biology, pharmaceutical science and plant biology. Using highly advanced technologies, such as NMR spectroscopy, bioinformatics and nanotechnology, we’re finding solutions for health and environmental challenges. 

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22 August 2017
Nature-publication by researchers at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in collaboration with Wei Wu and Albert Heck at Utrecht University
4 July 2017
The European Commission approved the establishment of the ERIC Instruct, a pan-european infrastructure for structural biology on July 4, 2017.
Spinozalaureaten Alexander van Oudenaarden en Albert Heck.
15 June 2017
Both Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden from Utrecht University receive a Spinozaprize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands.

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