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Deutscher Zukunftspreis

Winners of the 2021 Deutscher Zukunftspreis Award: The BioNTech team

Winners of the 2021 Deutscher Zukunftspreis Award: The BioNTech team

Prof Ugur Sahin, Dr Özlem Türeci, Prof Christoph Huber and Prof Katalin Kariko of BioNTech SE in Mainz were presented with the 2020 Deutscher Zukunftspreis award by the Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, for the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

The newly developed vaccine against the contagious infectious disease COVID-19 has been developed at an unprecedented speed and enables protection against infection for billions of people worldwide. The main innovation is the application of mRNA technology for vaccinating humans. In this process, mRNA is introduced into human cells as a "blueprint" for special virus proteins. In the event of contact with the virus, the antibodies formed in advance against the viral proteins ensure an efficient fight. Patents on this technology, in which at least one of the team members is involved, date back to 2008. Since September 2000, more than 1100 patent applications in 391 patent families have come from BioNTech.

Two other developments were nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2021: A novel environmentally friendly material made from Russian dandelions that can be used to replace natural rubber in car and bicycle tyres, and a new photon-counting computer tomograph that can take pictures of the inside of the body with significantly higher resolution than previously available means.

Apply for Deutscher Zukunftspreis

With the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal President honours outstanding research and development projects and recognises forward-looking technologies. The protection of these innovations paves the way to successful marketable products. The jury's decision is based essentially on the scientific and technical degree of innovation and the potential to translate this achievement into sustainable jobs. The renowned technology prize is endowed with 250,000 euros and will be presented personally by the Federal President.

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Contact

Dr. Stefan Kaiser
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
D-80297 München
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 2195-4751
E-Mail: Stefan.Kaiser@dpma.de
or
Dr. Andrea Hermann
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
D-80297 München
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 2195-3581
E-Mail: Andrea.Hermann@dpma.de

As a team of researchers and developers, draw attention to your innovation and let us know about your ideas and projects in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. Submissions for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2023 can be filed at any time until early November 2022.

As an institution entitled to submit proposals, we nominate up to three interesting projects to the jury. Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, is a member of the Board of Trustees, which determines the direction of the selection decisions.

Please send your documents electronically to Stefan.Kaiser@dpma.de or Andrea.Hermann@dpma.de.

The closing date for submitting your complete application is November 4th 2022.


Detailed information is available in the following documents (in German):

Information about the procedure is also available on the website of

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Last updated: 18 November 2021