the 2022 Warren Alpert Foundation Price was awarded to five scientists for transformational discoveries in the biology of mRNA, for its modification for medical purposes, and for the design of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. The collective efforts of scientists not only saved lives and opened the door to an end to the pandemic, but paved the way for a myriad of mRNA vaccines and other mRNA-based therapies.
The five winners are:
- Katalin Kariko, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President RNA Protein Replacement Therapies, BioNTech
- Drew WeismanRoberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research, University of Pennsylvania
- Eric Huang, Managing Director and Scientific Director, Moderna Genomics
- Uğur Sahin, teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz; Helmholtz Professor for mRNA Cancer Immunotherapies, German Cancer Research Center, Helmholtz Institute Mainz; and co-founder and managing director, BioNTech
- Ozlem Tureci, Helmholtz Professor for Personalized Cancer Immunotherapies, German Cancer Research Center, Helmholtz Institute Mainz; co-founder and chief medical officer, BioNTech