Press invite

Dear editor,

Dr. Katalin Karikó is awarded the Semmelweis Budapest Award

The Széchenyi Prize-winning Hungarian biochemist and researcher, who is based in the US, is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past 30 years, her research has focused on transforming mRNA into a clinically applicable therapeutic molecule. In 2020, the world’s first clinically proven third-generation Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 was created based on her patent.

Semmelweis Budapest Award, a highly prestigious international recognition by Semmelweis University, was founded by the university’s senate in 2009. It is awarded to scientists working in the field of natural sciences who achieve world-renowned goals and whose work forges a new path and serves the development of humanity.


Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00-1:30 p.m.


Semmelweis University Rector’s Building, Semmelweis Salon

(1085 Budapest, Üllői út 26. 1st floor 108.)


11:30-11:50 Press registration

12:00-12:05 Rector dr. Béla Merkely’s greeting

12:05-12:10: Presentation of the Semmelweis Budapest Award and related laudation

12:10-12:40: Dr. Katalin Karikó’s scientific presentation: “A biologist’s thoughts on research”

12:40-12:50: Questions and answers

12:50-13:00: Medikus Orchestra show

13:00-13:30- News conference

The event is open to the press, the language of the presentation is Hungarian.