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The 'ProteOn' XPR36 Giveaway Program' names a winner
Date:9/16/2010

Hercules, CA, and New Rochelle, NY, September 16, 2010Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. and Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) today announced that Simon Cocklin, Ph.D., a scientist at the Drexel University College of Medicine, has won a ProteOn XPR36 protein interaction array system from Bio-Rad in the ProteOn XPR36 Giveaway Program, a recent scientific research proposal competition. Bio-Rad and GEN co-sponsored the contest in which applicants submitted proposals detailing how they would use the ProteOn XPR36 system in their research and what problems or challenges they anticipated the system would help solve. Dr. Cocklin submitted his winning research proposal on novel research applications for surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology.

"I am ecstatic and thrilled to have been chosen as the winner as I have been trying to increase the SPR capability at Drexel University for the past three years," Dr. Cocklin said. The title of his research proposal was "Small-Molecule Inhibitors of HIV-1 Replication."

"My research focuses on the discovery of small-molecule inhibitors against previously unexploited targets in HIV such as components of the Gag polyprotein," explained Dr. Cocklin. "My collaborators and I have discovered some novel compounds that target the matrix and capsid regions of Gag which display antiviral activity. We are interested in using SPR to define structure-affinity relationships."

Dr. Cocklin has several roles at Drexel. At the college's Protein Analysis Core Facility, he is both Director of the Protein Production/Purification Facility, and Co-Director of the Protein-Protein Interaction Facility.

"This award reinforces GEN's and Bio-Rad's commitment and mission to support and facilitate scientific discoveries," said Joan Boyce, Group Publisher of GEN. "We congratulate Dr. Cocklin on his winning submission. We are delighted that Dr. Cocklin and his colleagues will have access to the ProteOn XPR36
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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
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