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.
Researchers at Utrecht University have gained new insights into the stucture and function of a protein complex that maintains the outer membrane of a bacteria. Shutting down this protein complex makes it impossible for the membrane to maintain itself, causing the bacteria to die. This protein could present a promising target for novel antibiotics.
On 19 November 2018, the fourth Science for Life conference will take place in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Our programme includes keynotes of five internationally renowned scientists: Edward Boyden (MIT), Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology), Sheng-Yang He (Michigan State University), David J. Mooney (Harvard University) and Peter Reddien (MIT). Register now!