Cambridgeshire

OBE for Cambridge University scientist Christopher Lowe

Professor Chris Lowe
Image caption Professor Christopher Lowe said the honour was "very unexpected"

A scientist who uses his expertise in many different disciplines to design pharmaceuticals has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours.

Professor Christopher R Lowe directs the Institute of Biotechnology in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge University.

He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

His focus is high value fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.

He uses his experience in biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, electronics, medicine and chemical engineering in his work.

This covers the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, some of which has significant commercial applications.

Prof Lowe can boast more than 320 publications, eight books and 60 patents.

He told the BBC he hoped the news of the OBE, which he said was "very unexpected", would help publicise the practical applications of science.

"We want to demonstrate good science and take that through to patents and creating wealth," he said.

He said Cambridge University runs one of the only courses in entrepreneurship and science.

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