The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023, Katalin Kariko, Drew Weissman
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Katalin Kariko (left) and Drew Weissman were awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023. Illustrations: X/The Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine. Illustrator: Mattias Karlén

Nobel Prize in Medicine 2023: Kariko, Weissman win for enabling development of mRNA vaccines

Eisner performed his prizewinning research together with Karikó at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for discoveries that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Assembly, announced the award Monday (October 2) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Karikó is a professor at Sagan's University in Hungary and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eisner performed his prizewinning research together with Karikó at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Nobel Prizes carry a cash award of 11 million Swedish kronor (USD 1 million). The money comes from a bequest left by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1896.

"The discoveries by the two Nobel Laureates were critical for developing effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 during the pandemic that began in early 2020. Through their groundbreaking findings, which have fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system, the laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times," The Noble Assembly said.
Facts about the two Nobel Laureates

Katalin Kariko

Born: 17 January 1955, Szolnok, Hungary

Affiliation at the time of the award: Szeged University, Szeged, Hungary; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Prize motivation: “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”

Drew Weissman

Born: 7 September 1959, Lexington, MA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: Penn Institute for RNA Innovations, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Prize motivation: “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”

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