The record-breaking speed at which the coronavirus pandemic was overcome would not have been possible without the decades-long work of Dr. Katalin Karikó. Together with her colleague Drew Weissman, she shed light on the inner workings of mRNA – insights that proved pivotal in developing coronavirus vaccines. Her substantial contributions to science have earned her numerous prestigious awards, including the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Today, she serves as a professor at her alma mater, the University of Szeged in Hungary, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speaker: Dr. Katalin Karikó, professor at the University of Szeged in Hungary, and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Welcome: Dr. J. Reinhardt, chairman of Novartis
Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Door Opening: 17:30
Time: 18:00 – 20:30
Location: Fabrikstrasse 15, Gehry Auditorium, Novartis Campus Basel

The event will be held in English. The number of participants is limited.

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Portrait of Doctor Katalin Karinkó

Biography

Katalin Karikó is professor at her alma mater, University of Szeged, Hungary, and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked for 24 years. She is former senior vice president at BioNTech SE, Mainz, Germany, where she worked between 2013-2022. Her patents, co-invented with Drew Weissman on nucleoside-modified uridines in mRNA was used to create the FDA-approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna to fight the pandemic. For her achievements she received many prestigious awards, including the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.