Sarstedt Research Prize 1986

(Prof. Dr. P. H. O'Farrell, Walter Sarstedt, Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Klose)

The Sarstedt Research Prize, worth DM 50,000, awarded by the German Society for Clinical Chemistry (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Chemie, DGKL) was presented as part of Sarstedt’s 25th anniversary celebrations on 31 October 1986 at the Park-Hotel in Nümbrecht for the first time. Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Klose, Institute of Human Genetics at Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin), and Prof. Dr. P. H. O´Farrell, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California in San Francisco were the first recipients.

In his capacity as the secretary of the Sarstedt Research Prize, Prof. Dr. H. Greiling presented the award. He paid tribute to the two winners as outstanding scientists.

In two independent projects carried out at the same time in 1975, the two prize winners discovered and further developed the process of high-resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (general movement of electrically charged particles) of proteins. The procedure of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis has crucial new advantages in comparison to previous common protein-chemical analytical methods.

Among other things, this invention is suitable for early diagnosis of congenital metabolic disorders and chromosomal anomalies. The complete separation of the plasma protein components in serum, plasma, urine and blood cells is stated as a further clinical application.

This method has also proved valuable for tumor research.