Nobel Prize speaker Drew Weissman

Drew Weissman

2023 Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research and Director of the Penn Institute for RNA Innovation.

Dr. Drew Weissman leads a pioneering lab and won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine. He and his team developed a groundbreaking mRNA system, instrumental in creating the first mRNA vaccines, especially for COVID-19. Their ongoing research aims to further refine this technology for diverse medical applications.

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    Drew Weissman biography

    Dr. Drew Weissman, a 2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine recipient, heads the Weissman Lab and holds the Roberts Family Professor title for Vaccine Research. As the leader of the Penn Institute for RNA Innovation, his influence in the field is significant. Additionally, speaker Drew Weissman teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and oversees Vaccine Research in the Infectious Diseases Division.

    The Weissman team delves deep into nucleoside-modified mRNA and lipid nanoparticle (LNP) treatments. Their innovations, particularly in the safety and efficacy of nucleoside-modified mRNA, have paved the way for its use in the first two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Their research encompasses two primary facets: 1) vaccine development and 2) mRNA protein treatments, which include monoclonal antibody delivery and gene modification. Though the team is eager to innovate new treatments, their foundation remains deeply rooted in scientific research, ensuring each therapeutic approach is grounded in solid basic science.

    Possessing both M.D. and Ph.D. qualifications, science speaker Drew Weissman is a leading figure in immunology research. He and his team’s landmark discovery—a unique mRNA system that mitigates adverse immune reactions—now forms the backbone of targeted treatments for various global diseases, including being a key component in the fight against COVID-19.

    Moving forward, the Weissman team remains committed to enhancing mRNA technology with a focus on developing impactful vaccines and pioneering novel therapeutic solutions.

    Drew Weissman Speaking Videos

    Honoring mRNA pioneers Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman
    Drew Weissman

    Drew Weissman Keynote Topics

    Delve into the journey and science of mRNA vaccine development.

    Explore RNA's potential, from its intricate structure to its medical applications

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