Mark E. Davis, center, with Avelino Corma Canos and Galen D. Stucky. Photo courtesy Prince of Asturias Foundation

The co-founder of a La Jolla-based biotech firm will receive the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.

Mark E. Davis of Avidity NanoMedicines LLC will receive the award at an academic ceremony in October in Oviedo, Spain, the company announced Friday..

At Avidity NanoMedicines, Davis works on the targeted delivery of nucleic acid-based medicines. He is also the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech in Pasadena.

The Asturias Prize represents the highest scientific recognition in Spain and one of the most prestigious scientific honors in Europe.

“Mark Davis is an exceptional scientist and has made many pioneering contributions to the discovery and development of new materials for applications in catalysis, energy and medicine,” said Troy Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Avidity NanoMedicines.

“On behalf of everyone at Avidity, we are honored to be working with him on the development of targeted, polymeric nanoparticles as a new class of medicines, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

The other prize winners were Avelino Corma Canós of Spain and Galen D. Stucky of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

— City News Service contributed to this article

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