The Princess of Asturias Foundation has recognised Professor Kariko for her contribution to the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Katalin Kariko received the award in Oviedo, Spain, on Friday 22nd October, with the Spanish royal family in attendance. She was one of seven Laureates in the ‘Technical and Scientific Research’ category for 2021 recognised for contributing to the development of some of the COVID-19 vaccines approved to date.
Hungarian biochemist Professor Katalin Kariko is Senior Vice President, BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her fields of scholarship include the therapeutic use of mRNA, mRNA-based antibody therapeutics, mRNA-based protein replacement therapy and mRNA vaccines. Professor Kariko’s research, together with immunologist Drew Weissman, led to the development of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Together, they have received several awards for their revolutionary research, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Professor Kariko was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2020.
Professor Kariko arrived in Oviedo on 17th October to an overwhelming reception. At Academia Europaea’s Class C Life Sciences meeting, held online on 18th October, she expressed how she’d been moved by the warm welcome.
“The welcome was so beautiful. Bagpipes were playing and residents of Oviedo were cheering. I was just so emotional. I’m enjoying every minute of being here in Oviedo.”
Professor Kariko was the keynote speaker at Academia Europaea’s Class C Life Sciences meeting, hosted this year by the Cardiff Knowledge Hub. Members attending the meeting expressed how much they enjoyed her talk and were delighted to have the opportunity to ask her questions about her work.
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- Communication and Humanities
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22nd October 2020. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk
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