Pål Nyrén was named one of the European Patent Office's Inventors of the Year for his development of DNA pyrosequencing technology. Nyrén was one of five winners of the 2013 European Inventor Award, from a group of 15 total nominees from 11 countries. He is currently a professor of biochemistry at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the Netherlands. Previously, he founded the company Biotage and was an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Stockholm. He holds a PhD from the University of Stockholm.