Dr. George Pieczenik

Dr. George Pieczenik worked in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at intervals during the years 1972-1987. He was an early worker in the field of combinatorial peptide libraries and is the named inventor of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,866,363 and 6,605,448. The Medical Research Council has its own patents in the field of combinatorial libraries.

Dr. Pieczenik published two papers arising from his time at LMB. The first is entitled “Bacteriophage φ80-induced low molecular weight RNA” co-authored with B.G. Barrell and M.L. Gefter (Arch. Biochim. Biophys. 152: 52-165 (1972)). The second paper, co-authored with F.H.C. Crick, S. Brenner and A. Klug, on “A speculation on the origin of protein synthesis” published in the journal Origins of Life, 7:389-397 (1976), was stimulated by an idea of Pieczenik’s.