Katalin Karikó, Professor at the University of Szeged and her Fellow American Researcher Receive the Japan Prize
Katalin Karikó, Research Professor at the University of Szeged (SZTE) and Drew Weissman, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded the 2022 Japan International Prize for their pioneering research contributing to the development of mRNA vaccines. The award ceremony for outstanding technological achievements will be held in Tokyo in April this year in the presence of the Japanese Imperial couple. Awarded researchers of Japan's most prestigious scientific honour will receive a diploma and a medal.
An agreement of professional cooperation was concluded amongst the University of Szeged, École Polytechnique from Paris and California-based Tri Alpha Energy (TAE) Corporation. The aim of the international project is to develop a laser technology that facilitates the waste management of nuclear plants. The researchers reached a milestone.
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman will jointly receive the 2022 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) thus acknowledges that the revolutionary development of the two scientists has made the delivery of mRNA efficient for vaccines and immunotherapies. Kariko and Weissman will receive the Kovalenko Medal on 1 May 2022.
At the culmination of a 5-day event on 20 January 2022, the VinFuture Grand Prize with 3 million US dollars was awarded to Katalin Karikó, Professor at the University of Szeged, Drew Weissman, Professor at UPenn and Pieter Rutter Cullis, Professor at UBC. Karikó, research professor from the University of Szeged and her fellow scientists who laid the foundations of mRNA technology with their discoveries, participated in a symposium and educational programs related to the award ceremony.
The University of Szeged started a new website on the 17th of January celebrating the birthday of Katalin Karikó. On this special day, the researcher-professor of the University arrived in Hanoi, where she was celebrated as a guest of the "VinFuture Award Week", and received a birthday cake and a bouquet of flowers.
Laboratories and offices will be located in the Incubator House of the University of Szeged, which was inaugurated on 11 January 2022. Located next to the ELI ALPS Laser Research Centre in the Science Park, the renovated building will be the headquarters of the Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine (HCEMM).
The University of Szeged is one of the greenest higher education institutions in Hungary according to the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. In the top ranking of the Universitas Indonesia, SZTE has moved up to 85th place this year, ranking second among Hungarian universities. The Institution in Szeged was ranked the best Hungarian university in the “Setting and Infrastructure” category and tied for first place in the “Water” indicator.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the UK-based international ranking agency has published its latest international rankings for higher education institutions in emerging European and Central Asian countries. The University of Szeged was ranked 29th in this year's ranking and remains one of the best universities in the country.
Katalin Karikó, Research Professor at the University of Szeged, was on the cover of TIME, along with Drew Weissman, Kizzmekia Corbett and Barney Graham. The researchers have been named "Heroes of 2021" by the magazine for their contribution to the development of mRNA-based vaccines against coronavirus. The honorary doctor of the University of Szeged shared her first thoughts regarding the recognition to her alma mater.
The asteroid discovered in 2002 by two astronomers linked to the University of Szeged was named after Katalin Karikó, research professor of SZTE and worldwide acclaimed researcher of the mRNA-based medical technology. 14 other ’space rocks’ have been named after well-known Hungarian persons. The 1.5 km diameter ’Karikókatalin’ takes one complete orbit around the Sun in 3.7 years. The University of Szeged is one of the national centres of studying minor planets.
Katalin Karikó Receives the Benjamin Franklin Medal and Named as the Most Influential Person in Philadelphia
Since 1824, The Franklin Institute has honored the best and brightest minds from around the world. Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman are awarded the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in life science who laid the foundation of mRNA-based vaccines. Katalin Karikó, professor at the University of Szeged and University of Pennsylvania, senior vice president of BioNTech has been voted the most influential person in Philadelphia.
Katalin Karikó, Professor at the University of Szeged and Two Founders of BioNTech, Receive Europe's most Endowed Prize
Katalin Karikó, Professor at the University of Szeged and Vice President of BioNTech, along with Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, who co-founded the German company and are also professors at the University of Mainz, will be awarded the 2022 Jeantet-Collen Prize for Translational Medicine. The Swiss award for the three researchers, who contributed to the development of mRNA-based vaccines, is Europe's best-funded prize and encourages them to continue their innovation project. Katalin Karikó, professor at the University of Szeged, will use the grant to fund her future research at the University of Szeged.
Katalin Karikó and the BioNTech Group Donated One of the Relics of the mRS Revolution to the Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum organized a podium discussion about the mRNA revolution. Three leaders of the BioNTech Group, who were awarded the German Future Prize, took part in a roundtable interview on 25 November 2021 to close the “1E9” conference promoting science. The vice-president, research biologist Katalin Karikó, handed over the instrument, which can be considered the ‘cradle’ of the very first mRNA vaccine, to the Munich exhibition site.
The 205 years old US award, the John Scott Award is the latest honour for Katalin Karikó and fellow researcher Drew Weissman. The special inventors' prize was presented to her husband on 18 November 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The 2021 Deutscher Zukunftspreis was awarded to executives of BioNTech for the project "mRNA vaccines for humanity", based on the discoveries of Vice President Katalin Karikó. The prestigious prize of 250,000 Euros was presented by the German Federal President in Berlin on the evening of 17 November 2021.