David Drew completed his PhD in Biochemistry at Stockholm University in 2005. He was awarded an EMBO long-term post doctorate fellowship in 2006, which he undertook at Imperial College London. In the end of 2009, he started his own research group at the Imperial College. Back at Stockholm University, Drew has established a research group which is successfully studying transport proteins in membranes. He has been awarded several national and international awards for his research.

Membrane transporters

All biological cells have to exchange chemical substances with their environment. These exchange processes are done by proteins found in cell membranes. Approximately 30 percent of all genes constitute membrane proteins. These proteins play a huge role in the pharmaceutical industry – approximately more than half of all proteins on a cells surface can be so called “pharmaceutical targets”, they can be utilized in the development of new drugs. This means that three-dimensional structure information about membrane proteins is crucial, but still their expression, the purification and crystallization constitutes a methodological bottleneck. It is in this context that David Drew's research has great significance.

The Svedberg Prize is a scientific award, handed out by SFBBM and the Swedish National Committee for Molecular Biosciences to a young and successful, Swedish or foreign, biochemist, working in Sweden.

The award ceremony was held on September 26. David Drew held a lecture about his research at the ceremony.