2022 Japan Prize Honors Pioneering Research Contributing to the Development of mRNA Vaccines

The winners of the 2022 Japan Prize were announced on January 25(JST)by the Japan Prize Foundation and its president, Hiroshi Komiyama. Our newest laureates are Prof. Katalin Karikó (Hungary/USA) and Prof. Drew Weissman (USA) who win for thier work in the field of Biological Production, Ecology/Environment.
With this year’s prize, Karikó and Weissman are being recognized for their pioneering research contributing to the development of mRNA vaccines, and Field is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the estimation of global biospheric productivity and climate change science using advanced formulas based on observation.
This year, the Foundation asked approximately 15,500 prominent scientists and engineers from around the world to nominate researchers working in this year’s fields, and we received 208 nominations in the field of Materials and Production, and 138 nominations for the field of Biological Production, Ecology/Environment. This year’s winners were selected from that total of 346 candidates.
2022 Japan Prize