Researcher Óscar Millet awarded the Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt Lectureship 2023

The prestigious Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt Lectureship 2023 has been handed to Dr. Óscar Millet to recognize his research in the field of chemical biology.

The Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) have awarded the Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt Lectureship to Dr. Óscar Millet, lead researcher from the “Precision Medicine and Metabolism Lab” at CIC bioGUNE, member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA).

Established in 1998, the Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt Lectureship is named after two chemists who made significant contributions to the field in the 18th and 19th centuries. This prestigious award is presented jointly by the two societies to recognize the achievements of outstanding chemists who have made major contributions to the understanding of the chemical world and its applications.

As part of the award, Dr. Óscar Millet presented three lectures at different German universities: University of Hamburg (May 2nd), University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for multidisciplinary natural sciences (May 3rd), University of Mainz (May 4th) and an on-line lecture (May 8th). The German Chemical Society (GDCh) delivered an accrediting certificate during the first conference in Hamburg by Prof. Chris Meier, representative of the GDCh in northern Germany.

Óscar Millet, is CEO of the company Atlas Molecular Pharma, spin-off of CIC bioGUNE, dedicated himself to the search for treatments for rare and ultra-rare metabolic diseases, which has a candidate designated as an orphan drug by the FDA.

The focus of his research is on the use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for the study of biologically relevant proteins and enzymes, paying particular attention to the delicate balance between protein stability and dynamics. These studies make it possible to develop new compounds with therapeutic activity, particularly in the field of rare diseases.

About the Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ)

The Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ) is a professional association that promotes the advancement of chemistry in Spain. Founded in 1903, the society represents chemists from academia, industry, and government. Its mission is to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas in chemistry and to promote the application of chemistry for the benefit of society.

About the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is a professional association that represents chemists in Germany and around the world. With over 31,000 members, it is one of the largest chemical societies in Europe. Its mission is to promote the advancement of chemistry and to foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas among chemists.

About CIC bioGUNE

The Centre for Cooperative Research in Biosciences (CIC bioGUNE), member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), located in the Bizkaia Technology Park, is a biomedical research organisation conducting cutting-edge research at the interface between structural, molecular and cell biology, with a particular focus on generating knowledge on the molecular bases of disease, for use in the development of new diagnostic methods and advanced therapies.

About BRTA

BRTA is an alliance of 4 collaborative research centres (CIC bioGUNE, CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE y CIC energiGUNE) and 12 technology centres (Azterlan, Azti, Ceit, Cidetec, Gaiker, Ideko, Ikerlan, Lortek, Neiker, Tecnalia, Tekniker and Vicomtech) with the main objective of developing advanced technological solutions for the Basque corporate fabric.

With the support of the Basque Government, the SPRI Group and the Provincial Councils of the three territories, the alliance seeks to promote collaboration between the research centres, strengthen the conditions to generate and transfer knowledge to companies, contributing to their competitiveness and outspreading the Basque scientific-technological capacity abroad.

BRTA has a workforce of 3,500 professionals, executes 22% of the Basque Country's R&D investment, registers an annual turnover of more than 300 million euros and generates 100 European and international patents per year.


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