Prof. Katalin Karikó
Prof. Katalin Karikó

Prof. Katalin Karikó inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF)#

Academia Europaea are pleased to report that Prof. Katalin Karikó of Pensylvania University and a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology section of the Academy is among the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) 2022 class of Inductees for her invention of Modified mRNA Technology Used in COVID-19 Vaccines.

Press release by the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF):

Fundamental research by biochemist Katalin Karikó and immunologist Drew Weissman laid a critical piece of the foundation for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The mRNA vaccines have been crucial in the fight against the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV 2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. Nearly 1 billion mRNA vaccine doses have been administered worldwide since December 2020.

About the National Inventors Hall of Fame#

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but to ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Explore the NIHF Museum digitally in Google Arts & Culture’s “Once Upon a Try” project. For more information, visit To nominate an inventor for Induction, visit

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