In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest found harmful benzene in drinks with cherry flavor. But how did the substance get into the drinks? Was the source benzaldehyde, an essential component of the cherry flavoring? And if so, how could the problem be solved? A new study by the Leibniz-Institute fo ... more
Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra
Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Biologische Chemie
Arne Skerra, born in 1961, studied chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt and obtained his doctoral degree as Dr. rer. nat. at the Gene Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in 1989. After staying at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main, he became professor for protein chemistry in Darmstadt in 2004. Since 1998, he has been full professor and head of the biological chemistry institute at the TU Munich in Weihenstephan. Apart from his commitment in scientific societies, e.g. as chairman of the biochemistry division of GDCh, Skerra is also an entrepreneur. His process for the production of functional antibody fragments in E. coli by genetic engineering as well as the Strep-tag protein affinity tag are applied world-wide today. In 2001, he founded Pieris AG, which commercializes and develops Anticalins as a new class of biopharmaceuticals. Furthermore, in 2009 he founded XL-protein GmbH based on the PASylation technology to extend the plasma half-life of biologics.