Dr. Drew Weissman, PhD
Drew Weissman is an American physician-scientist best known for his contributions to RNA biology. His work helped enable development of effective mRNA vaccines, the best known of which are those for COVID-19 produced by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.
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Dr. Katalin Karikó
Katalin Karikó, PhD, is a biochemist and researcher, best known for her contributions to mRNA technology and the COVID-19 vaccines. Karikó and co-collaborator Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, invented the modified mRNA technology used in Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection.
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Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Penny Heaton, MD Global Therapeutic Area Head, Vaccines, the Empowering Research and Discovery Award.
Moderna, the Empowering Research and Discovery Award
Susan Hockfield, PhD, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr. Hockfield is President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience, and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004 to 2012, she served as the sixteenth President of MIT, the first life-scientist and the first woman in that role.
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David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN)
National Bestselling author of Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action will receive the Excellence in Research and Patient Advocacy Award.
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Gift of Life Donor Program, Legacy Partnership Award
Lonza, a global organization focused on enabling a healthier world by supporting healthcare customers on their path to commercialization, with the Outstanding Life Sciences Industry Leadership Award