The Teva Award for Excellence in Memory of Eli Hurvitz is awarded each year for outstanding achievements that contribute to the flourishing of the State of Israel. The award is presented to individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions through their activities in science, art and education.
In 2012, the Award was granted in the field of biochemistry. The 2012 Award honored two innovative and outstanding researchers who demonstrated groundbreaking research and a true spirit of excellence in science.
The Teva Award for Excellence for 2012 was split between winning recipients Prof. Dan S. Tawfik from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Prof. Ashraf Brik from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
The 2012 Award Committee comprised: Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, Chairman, Prof. Raphael Meshulam and Prof. David Milstein.
The Award Committee’s Remarks:
The Award Committee for the 2012 Teva Award for Excellence has selected to split the Award between two recipients: Prof. Dan S. Tawfik from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Prof. Ashraf Brik from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Prof. Dan S. Tawfik is awarded the prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in over the course of many years, and Prof. Ashraf Brik is awarded the prize for innovative and groundbreaking research.
Prof. Dan Tawfik is an original researcher and pioneer in the structure and evolution of enzymes. Research by Tawfik has shed new light on the structure of enzymes, their function and the evolutionary processes that drive creation of new enzymes in nature. His research has also led to new methods for the creation of entirely new enzymes in-vitro. Prof. Tawfik’s work has been recognized for its importance in both theoretical and applied science, making him an acknowledged leader in his field. Throughout an impressive scientific career, Prof. Tawfik has also mentored many students who are furthering the spirit of his work through major scientific breakthroughs.
Prof. Ashraf Brik is a promising young scholar who has quickly established a worldwide reputation in the field of biochemistry. His laboratory develops novel methods to synthesize homogenous proteins for a variety of structural and functional studies. Prof. Brik’s research is both innovative and groundbreaking, and has become a focus of global interest. Prof. Brik’s work has the potential to lead to significant new contributions in research.
The two Award winners represent two generations of Israeli science excellence. As global leaders in their fields, they have made decisive contributions to positioning Israel at the forefront of research in biochemistry worldwide. In addition, both are outstanding examples of scientific and personal excellence.