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Rib-X Founder Gets Nobel Prize

Thomas Steitz, a Yale University chemist and co-founder of New Haven, CT-based Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two other researchers for their use of X-ray crystallography to map the structure of ribosomes, according to the company. Rib-X says it has applied Steitz’s research in this area and computer modeling to design drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant infections. Steitz heads the scientific advisory board at Rib-X. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a UK-based scientist who is sharing the Nobel Prize with Steitz, is also one of Rib-X’s scientific advisors.