Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Mapper of the structure of the ribosome


Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Mapper of the structure of the ribosome

Biography & Contributions: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British American chemist, physicist and structural biologist of Indian origin. He was born in 1952. Ramakrishnan is best known for his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 along with Ada E. Yonath and Thomas A. Steitz for their research on the structure and function of the ribosome. He is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2010, which is India’s second highest civilian award. Ramakrishnan is renowned globally for his research work on the atomic structure of the 30S ribosomal subunit. In the beginning, he had represented the layout of proteins in the 30S ribosomal subunit through neutron diffraction and explained X-ray structures of the components and their RNA complexes. Read More

Sabic has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based Plastic Energy Ltd, for the supply of feedstock. This deal support Sabic’s petrochemical operations in Europe. Both companies intend to build a first commercial plant in Netherlands to refine and upgrade a valuable feedstock, known as Tacoil. Tacoil is a patented Plastic Energy product, which will be produced from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill. The plant, which is anticipated to enter commercial production in 2021, is a significant milestone for Sabic towards the company’s commitment to establishing a circular economy and, more broadly, its sustainability goals. Read More

Trinseo (TSE) has appointed Lauren Pagano as global business director adhesives and construction for latex binders. In this newly created position, Pagano will have a key role in driving the global latex binders strategy of growing the adhesives and construction business. Pagano will have global responsibility to develop this business and grow in these strategic markets. She will further shape and develop the business strategy in close alignment with the regional latex binders business directors, the company said. Pagano has worked for Worthington Industries, driving the integration of a recently bought Europe-based company. Before that, Pagano was with HB Fuller for almost 10 years in various roles. Read More

IFF-Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (IFF-LMC), a cosmetic actives subsidiary of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc has acquired three personal care ingredients and related intellectual property from Kemin Industries. This acquisition expands IFF-LMC’s product portfolio and related offerings to its customers, particularly to those focused on the environment and sustainability. The acquired products (and associated IP) include: Lysofix: an easy-to-use and cold-process lysophospholipid emulsifier extracted from a non-GMO soybean source. It enhances formulas by evenly dispersing sunscreen and makeup pigments, provides immediate hydration and support collagen and elastin production while imparting a luxurious texture to the skin. Read More

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