Katalin Kariko

Kariko receives Theodor Boveri Prize in Wurzburg

Hungarian-born biochemist Katalin Kariko has received the Theodor Boveri Prize, the highest award in life sciences at Julius-Maximilians-University in Wurzburg, Germany, in recognition of her research, the University of Szeged, Kariko's alma mater, said on Monday.

This is the first time that the Societas Physico-Medica, the Wurzburg Physical-Medical Society, has awarded the prize to a woman, the statement said.

Kariko, who used to be vice president of BioNTech, which has led research on mRNA-based medicine since the 1990s, has played a major role in developing new vaccination strategies which have been used in the fight against Covid-19.

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