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Professor from Milan Awarded Inaugural Arnold O. Beckman Medal for Electrodriven Separations

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Pier Giorgio Righetti honored at MicroScale Bioseparations conference.

Professor Pier Giorgio Righetti of the Polytechnic of Milano Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering was presented with the inaugural Arnold O. Beckman Award and Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separations on Monday, February 13th during the 27th International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations and Analyses (MSB 2012) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The MSB Symposium focuses on fundamental aspects of separations on the ‘micro’ scale and also on the application of microscale separations for bioanalytical measurements in life science research, biopharmaceuticals development, forensics, toxicology, doping analyses, food safety and authenticity and environmental sustainability.

Prof. Righetti was honored for outstanding contributions to the development of new electrodriven separation techniques, for his research in proteomics and for his remarkable work with both polar and capillary electrophoresis.

The award is sponsored by Beckman Coulter, Inc. and comprises a medal, a book honoring the 100-year anniversary of company founder Dr. Arnold O. Beckman and a cash prize.

“My life as a scientist started with a Beckman DU single-beam spectrophotometer,” Prof. Righetti reflected.

Prof. Righetti continued, “Little did I know then that Beckman was the name of the inventor, a California scientist who had engineered not just this most useful instrument, or that years later, I would be grateful to the man and the company for their contributions to the growth of science, for their generous foundation offering grants to young scientists and for this most recent honor.”

The author of Proteomics Today (Wiley-VCH, Hoboken, 2005), Prof. Righetti sits on multiple editorial boards, including that of the Journal of Capillary Electrophoresis.

Current research interests include proteomics, biomarker discovery and cancer research. At MSB 2012, Prof. Righetti delivered a plenary talk, The Proteome Argonauts: Conquering the “Golden Fleece” of Non-alcoholic Beverages via Combinatorial Peptide Ligands.

“Professor Righetti’s work wonderfully deserved the inaugural Arnold O. Beckman Award and Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separations and offers much promise to the field of microscale bioseparations,” said Jeff Chapman, director of global outbound marketing, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.

Chapman continued, “It’s been both inspiring and informative to review his work and a pleasure to acknowledge his achievements before the community of scientists interested in microscale bioseparations.”

The history of Beckman Coulter is one of innovation, beginning with Dr. Arnold O. Beckman’s solution for determining the precise measurement of pH in lemon juice-the acidimeter, or pH meter.

From a small operation in the rear of a garage in Pasadena, Calif., to its position as a world leader in clinical diagnostics and life science research, Beckman Coulter owes its success to three men of vision who revolutionized science and medicine: Arnold O. Beckman, Ph.D, and brothers Wallace and Joseph Coulter.

The Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separations is one way the company continues to celebrate the spirit of scientific innovation.


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