The Eureka 100 list, published today in The Times, lists the 100 most important and influential people in British science. Sir Philip, Director of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit and of the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling (SCILLs), is listed for his outstanding contributions to biomedical research, the impact that has had on the development of new drugs and biotechnology companies and for his key role in establishing the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT). The DSTT is a major collaboration involving several University of Dundee research laboratories and the major pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck-Serono and Pfizer. The DSTT won a Queens Anniversary Award in 2006 for “an outstanding contribution to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation”.
The Eureka list also contains several advisors to the College of Life Sciences like Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS, Regis Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge, who is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the College representing Plant Sciences; Professor Steve Ley CBE FRS, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, who is on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Drug Discovery Unit and Professor Sir Tim Hunt FRS, Nobel Laureate and friend of the College and after whom our annual Tim Hunt Prize for Cell Biology is named.