Emergence of a new, potentially lethal infection that is easily transmitted from person to person is among the greatest threats to humanity. The risk is increasing due
to global urbanization, ease and speed of travel, climate change and the possibility of bioterrorism. Using current technology, development of medical countermeasures would be too slow to prevent many millions, or even billions, of deaths.
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In 2020, we contribute to the response against COVID-19
In 2019, we awarded the Future Insight prize for outstanding research in the field of Pandemic Preparedness to Pardis Sabeti of Harvard University and the Broad Institute and to James Crowe of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Stefan Oschmann, CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Pardis Sabeti, James Crowe and Subhanu Saxena, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation came together virtually to exchange thoughts regarding the COVID-19 situation and to share their vision for the future. The recording took place on April, 29th with participants joining from their home-offices.
This panel elaborated on the general understanding of pandemics, effect on preparation as well as vaccination, anti-body development and the current discussion regarding herd-immunity. To listen to the full talk, click here. Read about the ways we are contributing to the COVID-19 response here (press kit).
Award ceremony 2020
Register for the Future InsightTM virtual event on 13th July 2020 to hear the awardees of 2019, and learn about the Future InsightTM prize winner of 2020 and current multi-drug resistance research.
AWARD CEREMONY 2019: Agenda
The 2019 Future InsightTM prize was awarded on July 9th in Darmstadt, Germany, in the field of pandemic preparedness, for work laying the foundation for the visionary dream product "Pandemic Protector".