Katalin Karikó – A heroine in the world of medicine

March 8, International Women’s Day, is a day to celebrate women – in all aspects of life.  

Today, we want to recognize the work of one woman in science, Katalin Karikó. Her research has made ground-breaking improvements in the field of vaccines and vaccine research.  At IDEVAX we are proud to be creating impact in this field in our own way, using our VAX-ID device, an innovative solution for reliable intradermal drug delivery.  

What does her research focus on 

Her work on messager RNA (mRNAs) over the years has revolutionized the making of vaccines. She identified that modifying mRNAs could avoid a harmful immune response. This led to the development of mRNA vaccines, which allow custom-made mRNAs to produce a desired outcome in the body.(1,2)

What are the applications of her research 

This technology offers several opportunities in the medicine – for example, it has the potential to create new vaccines for various diseases. It was this foundation and understanding that quickly helped produce the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.(1,2) 

Finally, her contributions in this field led Karikó to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2023 alongside immunologist Drew Weissman.(2)  

Our team honours the work of Katalin Karikó  

On International Women’s Day we celebrate the work of Kariko. we are pleased to share that our team comprises of more than 85% women. We take immense pride in this, especially as we are science company, a field that has seen women in a minority. 

To celebrate the work of Karikó, each woman on our team took a photo in unique location with our VAX-ID device and shared a small insight into their love for science or why they work in this field.

Have a look here!

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