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Drew Weissman is an American physician-scientist and Nobel Prize laureate best known for his contributions to RNA biology. His work was used for the development of mRNA vaccines, the best known of which are those for COVID-19 produced by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.
Weissman is the inaugural Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research, director of the Penn Institute for RNA Innovation, and professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). He and his research colleague Katalin Karikó have received numerous awards including the prestigious Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.
He received the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with Karikó “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”.
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Drew Weissman was born on September 7, 1959 (age 64 years) in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States. He is the son of a Jewish father and an Italian mother. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brandeis University in 1981, where he majored in biochemistry and enzymology and he worked in the lab of Gerald Fasman.
Weissman performed his graduate work in immunology and microbiology to receive his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1987 at Boston University. Afterward, Weissman did a residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, followed by a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the supervision of Anthony Fauci, then director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Drew Weissman moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 to start his laboratory in order to study RNA and innate immune system biology. He is now the Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research at the university.
Weissman works as an immunologist studying vaccines at the University of Pennsylvania where he met his future colleague and collaborator Katalin Karikó at a photocopier, where they sympathized about the lack of funding for RNA research. At the time, Karikó had been trying RNA therapy on cerebral diseases and strokes.
He began collaborating with Karikó, who then switched her focus to the application of RNA technology to vaccines. The main obstacle they faced was that the RNA was causing unwanted immune and inflammatory reactions as adverse side effects.
In 2005, they published a landmark study that used synthetic nucleosides to modify the RNA to prevent its degradation by the body. This breakthrough laid the groundwork for the use of RNA therapeutics. In 2006, he and Karikó co-founded RNARx. Their objective was to develop novel RNA therapies.
In 2020 their modified RNA technology became the key foundational component of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which were deployed worldwide against the COVID-19 pandemic. Weissman hopes that the same technology can be used to develop vaccines against influenza, herpes, and HIV.
Drew Weissman also has been collaborating with scientists at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University to develop and provide COVID-19 vaccines for the country and neighboring low-income countries that may not have immediate access to the vaccine.
For their mRNA-related work, Weissman and Karikó were awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the 2020 Rosenstiel Award, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, the Albany Medical Center Prize, and the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (also with Robert S. Langer)
Weissman obtained an honorary degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2021, he was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award in the category “Scientific Research”. For 2022 he was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal of the NAS jointly with Katalin Karikó, and also the Japan Prize.
In 2022 he received the Robert Koch Prize and the Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science, the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2023 he received the Harvey Prize of the Technion in Israel (awarded for the year 2021).
According to a report in The Washington Post, Weissman gets fan mail from people all over the world, thanking him for his work that made the COVID-19 vaccine possible — one said “You’ve made hugs and closeness possible again” — and asking him for a picture or his autograph.
He is the inventor of many patents, including US8278036B2 and US8748089B2, which detail the modifications required to make RNA suitable for vaccines and other therapies. Later, these patents were licensed to Gary Dahl, founder and CEO of Cellscript, who subsequently licensed the technology to Moderna and BioNTech to ultimately use in their COVID-19 vaccines.
Is Drew Weissman married? Drew Weissman is a married man and has children with his wife. His wife is Ellen Weissman. The physician-scientist rarely speaks about his wife and children.
Drew Weissman net worth
How much is Drew Weissman worth? Drew Weissman net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a physician-scientist. Drew Weissman’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $435,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential physician-scientists in the United States. He stands at an appealing height of 1.81m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.