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Katalin Karikó is one of the winners of the Benjamin Franklin Medal 2022

Katalin Karikó will receive the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in the Life Sciences category in 2022.

The Hungarian scientist will share the award with fellow researcher Drew Weissman, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia announced. According to the institute’s website, the two scientists’ work has made possible the use of mRNA as a safe, effective and life-saving vaccine platform for the prevention of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

According to a release from the University of Szeged (SZTE), the Philadelphia-based institute will honor 13 of today’s pioneers in science, industry and business in nine categories at an awards ceremony scheduled for May 5, 2022.

Katalin Karikó will continue her work on mRNA as a research professor at SZTE, the release said.

Since 1824, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia has honored the legacy of Benjamin Franklin by awarding prizes for outstanding achievements in science and engineering. As the oldest comprehensive science and technology award in the United States, the institute has recognized more than 2,000 pioneering scientists, engineers and inventors from around the world.

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