By MIT press release of June 2nd, 2010, Carolyn Bertozzi was selected for the prestigious 2010 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Her contribution in the field of biotechnology includes: Bioorthogonal reactions, or biocompatible click chemistry, or the copper-free version; Glycobiology innovations and imaging glycans; Genetically-encoded aldehyde tags; Cell nanoinjector.
The bioorthogonal click chemistry yielded in vivo imaging of sugar molecules in live animals. The aldehyde tag technology is the basis for the company Redwood Bioscience.
Her response? "This came completely out of the sky - it's totally stunning news."