Friday, 22 February 2013

Shinya Yamanaka wins $3 million cash prize

Shinya Yamanaka, who in 2012 was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for being the first man to create induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), was one of the first 11 recipients of the "Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences". Each of the winners will receive 11$ million in cash.

In a statement, Yamanaka expressed his gratitude for all the support he has received regarding his research. Additionally, he said that he is working hard to bring the advantages of iPSCs to patients in need, as soon as possible. 

The rest of the 2013 winners were:
  • Bert Vogelstein
  • Charles L Sawyer
  • Cornelia I Bargmann
  • David Botstein
  • Eric S Lander
  • Hans Clevers
  • Lewis C Cantley
  • Napoleone Ferrara
  • Robert A Weinberg
  • Titia de Lange

Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing breakthrough research in the fields of incurable diseases and extending human life. The company's founding sponsors include some very big names such as:
  • Sergey Brin (Google co-founder)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) 
  • Priscilla Chan
  • Yuri Milner

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