Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Prof. Katalin Karikó

Katalin Karikó, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
    Hungary, USA
  • Date of Birth:
    17 January 1955 (67)

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2022 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Materials and Production
  • Achievement:
    For pioneering research contributing to the development of mRNA vaccines
  • Lecture:
    Developing mRNA for therapy

Award and Honor

2020 50th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Medical Science, Brandeis University
2021 Precision Medicine World Conference Pioneer Award
2021 Széchenyi Prize
2021 Wilhelm Exner Medal
2021 Reichstein Medal (Swiss Academy of Pharm. Sci.)
2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research
2021 Public Health Award – Research!America Outstanding Achievement 2021 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
2021 Albany Medical Center Prize
2021 The 2022 Breakthrough Prize (announced in September, 2021)
2021 The 2021 Lasker Award (Clinical Award)
2021 Dr. Paul Janssen Award – J&J
2021 Keio Medical Science Prize – Keio University, Japan
2021 John Scott Award – City Council of Philadelphia, USA
2021 Professor Hawking Fellow 2021 –Fellowship Committee, Cambridge
2021 Coley Award in Basic Immunology – Cancer Research Institute, USA
2021 German Future Prize – German Federal President
2021 Prince Mahidol – Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, Thailand
2021 Golden plate award – Academy of Achievement


1978 University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, BS in Biology
1982 University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, Ph.D. in Biochemistry

Professional History

1989-1995 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1995-2009 Senior Research Investigator, Department of Neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2009-2021 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2013-2019 Vice President, BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals, Mainz, Germany
2019- Senior Vice President, BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals
2021- Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2021- Professor, University of Szeged, Hungary

Key Publications

  • Karikó, Katalin; Buckstein, Michael; Ni, Houping; Weissman, Drew "Suppression of RNA recognition by Toll-like receptors: the impact of nucleoside modification and the evolutionary origin of RNA". Immunity. 23(2), 165-175 (2005).
  • Karikó, Katalin; Muramatsu, Hiromi; Welsh, Frank A.; Ludwig, János; Kato, Hiroki; Akira, Shizuo; Weissman, Drew (November 2008). "Incorporation of pseudouridine into mRNA yields superior nonimmunogenic vector with increased translational capacity and biological stability". Molecular Therapy, 16 (11): 1833-1840.
  • Kariko, Katalin; Muramatsu, Hiromi; Keller, Jason M.; Weissman, Drew “Increased Erythropoiesis in Mice Injected With Submicrogram Quantities of Pseudouridine-containing mRNA Encoding Erythropoietin”, Molecular Therapy, 20(5), 948-953(2012)
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