BBS Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

The BBS Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics was endowed in 2018 by several individual biophysicists who had early involvement with, or were Founders of, Heptares Therapeutics Ltd. (subsequently acquired by Sosei Co. Ltd.) in association with the British Biophysical Society.

Frequency of award: The Prize will be awarded every two years at the BBS biennial meeting or another BBS meeting.

Condition of award: The recipient must present a plenary lecture, preferably at the next BBS biennial meeting, but possibly at another BBS meeting within a year of the award.

Value of the Prize: The recipient will receive £5000. In addition, reasonable travel costs, accommodation and registration to attend the BBS biennial meeting at which the Prize is awarded, will be paid.

Criteria and eligibility: The Prize will be awarded for substantial contributions to Biophysics or Biophysical Methods by an individual whose principal work has been carried out in the UK or Ireland. Nominees who are eligible for the BBS Young Investigator Award, are ineligible for the Sosei Heptares Prize award in the same year. Other than this, there are no restrictions on eligibility, but every effort will be made to consider age and experience when making the award – significant recent contributions are as important as longer term contributions.

Award process: Nominations should be sent, in response to a call, to the Secretary of the BBS ( – the CV of the nominee (8 sides of A4, maximum) and letter of recommendation from the nominator are required. The Prize recipient will be selected by a panel drawn from the BBS Committee by its serving Chair.

2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

Professor Elspeth Garman, University of Oxford is the first recipient of the 2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics from the BBS. Elspeth is being awarded the prize for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of radiation damage, which has contributed to the improvement of X-ray crystallography and structural biology. The Prize will be presented to Professor Garman after her Prize Lecture at the British Biophysical Society Biennial Meeting at University of Southampton (11-13 July, 2018)