Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

2022 Harrington Lecture and 175th Anniversary Celebration 
was held at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, M&T Lecture Hall on Floor 2 on June 4, 2022.

Collaboration Caught Fire
Decades of Research that Led to SARS-Cov-2 Vaccines

Drew Weissman, MD, PhD
Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania             

Drew Weissman, MD, PhD.

Dr. Weissman invented and developed the modified mRNA technology used in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in collaboration with Dr. Katalin Karikó, adjunct professor of neurosurgery at UPenn and a senior vice president at BioNTech.

He will speak about how the mRNA science he and Dr. Kariko developed over the last two decades helped to lay the scientific foundation for the largest global vaccination campaign in history.

Drs. Weissman and Karikó are the recipients of the 2021 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award that often precedes a Nobel Prize; and the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the world’s largest science prize, among many other international awards.

Harrington Lecture and 175th Anniversary Celebration

This event was made possible by the D. W. Harrington Lecture Endowment, established in 1896.

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