Emmanuelle Charpentier honored with Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences for Emmanuelle Charpentier, Umeå University
On Sunday evening, 9 November, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of the Breakthrough Prize 2015. The award recognizes "excellence in research aimed at finding cures for intractable diseases and extending human life". Professor Charpentier is one of the awardees that receive $3 million each for their groundbreaking work in life sciences and fundamental physics. She was honored together with Jennifer Doudna, U.S.A., "for harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine".
The announcement of the "world's foremost scientists" took place at the second annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and was hosted by Seth MacFarlane.