The German Future Prize, awarded for the 25th time this year, went to Ugur Şahin, Özlem Turise, Christoph Huber, and Katalin Kariko, who developed the coronavirus vaccine.
A written statement from the German presidency said that Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented a €250,000 prize to the founders of BioNTech.
In the statement, it was emphasized that the team of scientists was the first to develop a vaccine against the virus based on years of research on mRNA and the prediction that the Coronavirus will spread significantly.
Federal Minister of Education and Research Anya Karlicic said in a statement regarding the award that BioNTech’s success in the pandemic has been groundbreaking and inspiring.
“By developing a safe and effective vaccine, BioNTech researchers have saved the lives of millions of people around the world, helping to protect them from serious diseases.
And so in one year, BioNTech marked a milestone in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and we were able to contribute to it through our many years of research funding, and I’m proud of it.”
In Germany, the President honors outstanding research and development projects with the German Future Award.