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David Walt Receives Esselen Award

by Linda Wang
July 28, 2014 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 92, Issue 30

David R. Walt, a professor of chemistry at Tufts University, is the recipient of the 2014 Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest for his work in developing single-molecule detection systems for protein diagnostics.

The award is presented by the ACS Northeastern Section in honor of outstanding scientific achievement that contributes to the public well-being and communicates positive values of the chemical profession. It consists of a medal and a $5,000 cash prize.

Walt’s work has resulted in the founding of Quanterix, which manufactures highly sensitive diagnostic systems capable of detecting individual proteins at single-molecule levels. Applications of this technology are numerous and include the detection of proteins associated with cancer tumors and proteins associated with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions.

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