The Human Frontier Science Program Organization has awarded Stephen Quake the 2013 Nakasone Award for his work developing technologies in biophysics, biological automation, genome analysis, and personalized medicine.
Quake is a professor of bioengineering and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Stanford University. He is also a co-founder of Helicos and Fluidigm.
George Church has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Gen9, which develops gene synthesis technologies. He is also a cofounder of the company; a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School; director of PersonalGenomes.org, and has co-founded a number of companies, including Knome, Pathogenica, and Alacris.