VinFuture News Archives

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Leveraging Nanoparticle Technologies For Novel Vaccines & Therapies EPanel

14 April 2022

Leveraging Nanoparticle Technologies For Novel Vaccines & Therapies EPanel

The ePanel will feature pioneering work by Dr. Philip Felgner, Dr. Terry Allen and Dr. Pieter Cullis. Dr. Cullis is this year's winner of the VinFuture Grand Prize, which honors exceptional minds whose breakthrough scientific research, and technological innovations have enormous potential to create meaningful change at scale.
Why sustainability progress rests on encouraging future talent

7 March 2022

Why sustainability progress rests on encouraging future talent

VinFuture Prize - an awards ceremony dedicated to honouring the exceptional minds who are transforming lives around the world through research and innovation. The Prize represents two key steps we need to take to incentivise innovation and empower scientists.
Boosting female representation in STEM is crucial to global innovation

18 February 2022

Boosting female representation in STEM is crucial to global innovation

In 2021, not a single Nobel winner in the scientific categories was female despite us all benefiting from the work of many brilliant women scientists. Women make up less than a quarter of the STEM workforce and, in the UK, just 16 per cent of engineering graduates. While progress has been made, these facts serve as a stark reminder of the need to do more to boost gender diversity in science and engineering.
Katalin Karikó: Covid-19 vaccine pioneer urges more girls and young women to take up science

15 February 2022

Katalin Karikó: Covid-19 vaccine pioneer urges more girls and young women to take up science

The pioneering researcher whose work on messenger RNA technology formed the basis for both the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines has urged more girls and young women to follow in her footsteps and forge a career in the sciences. Between 1975 and 2019 Dr Karikó won two awards of note. Since then she has won 53, including Time Hero of the Year 2021 among dozens of top scientific prizes including, jointly with Weismann and Canadian Pieter Cullis for their work on mRNA technology, the VinFuture Grand Prize, with the trio sharing $3m last month. She is now favourite for the Nobel Prize in chemistry. ‘Never give up’ is a message she knows how to deliver.
ACS members receive inaugural VinFuture Prizes

31 January 2022

ACS members receive inaugural VinFuture Prizes

Two American Chemical Society members have been honored with inaugural VinFuture Prizes. The awards program was established by the VinFuture Foundation to honor innovation in science and technology.
Stanford University: Zhenan Bao Is Awarded The VinFuture Prize For Female Innovators

31 January 2022

Stanford University: Zhenan Bao Is Awarded The VinFuture Prize For Female Innovators

Bao was awarded this prize for scientific advancements from her pioneering work on the development of skin-inspired electronics and their applications to a range of medical and energy applications. She has developed a wide range of novel molecular design concepts for organic electronic materials and fabrication methods.
Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim scoop another international award

24 January 2022

Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim scoop another international award

Durban scientists and infectious disease epidemiologists professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim have been honoured in Vietnam for their ground-breaking research on HIV prevention in SA. The award programme is part of the VinFuture Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation set up by Phạm Nhật Vượng, the first Vietnamese billionaire and founder and chairperson of the largest Vietnamese conglomerate, VinGroup Corporate, with his wife, Phạm Thu Hương, to create meaningful change in the lives of millions by recognising and rewarding transformative innovation in sci-tech.
Dr. Pieter Cullis and colleagues win VinFuture Foundation’s first global sci-tech award

24 January 2022

Dr. Pieter Cullis and colleagues win VinFuture Foundation’s first global sci-tech award

Dr. Pieter Cullis, a professor in UBC’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been awarded the inaugural VinFuture Grand Prize alongside peers Drs. Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman. The award recognizes the trio’s work on mRNA technology that paved the way for effective COVID-19 vaccines. The $3 million VinFuture Grand Prize is the first global sci-tech award from Vietnam. It was established to recognize breakthrough research and technological innovations which positively improve the quality of human life and create a more equitable and sustainable world for future generations. The prize is awarded by the VinFuture Foundation, founded by Vietnamese businessman Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong.
Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Creator Karikó Receives Vietnamese Science Award

21 January 2022

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Creator Karikó Receives Vietnamese Science Award

Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman and Pieter Rutter Cullis, the scientists behind mRNA technology for Covid-19 vaccines, received the first 3 million dollar VinFuture Grand Prize granted in Vietnam. The awards ceremony was also addressed by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the Hanoi opera house on Thursday, the University of Szeged said.
Zhenan Bao is awarded the VinFuture Prize for female innovators

21 January 2022

Zhenan Bao is awarded the VinFuture Prize for female innovators

The inaugural VinFuture Prize has selected Zhenan Bao, the K. K. Lee Professor in the School of Engineering and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the winner of its Female Innovator award, a $500,000 prize dedicated to an outstanding female researcher or innovator.

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