Karikó and Weissman named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Penn’s Katalin Karikó, Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, and Drew Weissman, Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research, Director of Vaccine Research, Infectious Diseases Division Director, and Penn’s Institute for RNA Innovation, were named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their mRNA research which made covid-19 vaccines possible.

Since their rollout, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered to billions of people and have saved thousands of lives. Karikó and Weissman’s mRNA discoveries, the first of which was published in 2005, also are the basis for experimental treatments against cancer as well as heart disease.

This year, 16 total innovators will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on October 26th. With the new inductees, the hall will include 624 members, the very first of whom was Thomas Edison.

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