Presentation of the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2001 in Düsseldorf

The coveted "Eppendorf Young Investigator Award”, awarded in Europe every year and worth € 15,000, this year goes to Dr. Andreas Mayer, from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Tübingen, for his pioneering work into the dynamics of events within cells. Since 1995, a scientific committee made up of top-flight members and chaired by Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [German Research Community] has judged the most deserving work – which this year had to be selected from among over 60 participants. Eppendorf uses this biomedical award to promote young European scientists no older than 35. Dr. Andreas Mayer received his award before an audience of more than 120 invited guests from industry and research. Following a welcome from the Director of Development at Eppendorf AG, Dr. Heinz Gerhard Köhn, Professor Winnacker read out the eulogy to the award-winner for 2001. As guest speaker, Professor Werner Stauffacher, President of the Schweizer Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften [Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences], spoke on the subject of "10 Years of Molecular Medicine”. The work which received the research award deals with the dynamics of events within cells, in particular the maintenance and creation of cell organelles, and has the greatest relevance to our understanding of cell division and of the modus operandi of hormones and neurotransmitters. Short Summary Dr. Mayer was born in Wasserburg in 1965 and studied biology and chemistry at the University of Munich. He did his doctorate at its Institut für Physiologische Chemie [Institute of Physiological Chemistry] in 1994. Since 1997, Dr. Mayer has been working as the manager of a group of trainees at the Friedrich-Miescher Laboratory of the Max-Planck- Gesellschaft in Tübingen. Eppendorf AG is one of the world’s leading suppliers of systems and research tools for biotechnology, with a brand name very successfully established internationally and employing over 1,600 people in four continents. In 2000, following two-figure growth over the previous year, Eppendorf achieved a turnover of over DM 500 million and a profit from ordinary activities of approx. DM 46 million. This financial year, the results available show the group endeavoring to continue the trend. A summary of the work can be obtained by e-mail from or by telephoning +49 40-5 38 01-142.

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