The Award

Purpose

The Award is given to outstanding personalities who are particularly innovative, and who generate and change markets, influence culture and at the same time face up to their responsibility to society.

 

Selection

The winner is selected by the executive board of Axel Springer SE, following suggestions by employees. The prize recognizes what has been achieved and encourages going forward. The Axel Springer Award is a prestige prize without prize money.

Ceremony

 In the spring of 2021, Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin were honored with the Axel Springer Award for their life-saving work. The award ceremony took place in compliance with all hygiene and security measures only in the circle of those directly involved. 

Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin

Their successes in cancer research can help save lives. Not only that, but the BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are bringing hope to the world with their vaccine against Covid-19. The hope that a pandemic that has already cost more than a million lives and that has restricted our individual liberties to a hitherto unprecedented extent can be brought under control. In the spring of 2021, Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are to be honored with the Axel Springer Award for their life-saving work.

The Axel Springer Award aims to honor role models who encourage others through their actions to be more entrepreneurial, more innovative, and to take on social responsibility. For the year 2021, there can be no better examples of such role models than Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin. As physicians, researchers and entrepreneurs, they have achieved groundbreaking results in cancer research. The mRNA vaccine they developed against Covid-19 has the potential to give us back a great deal of freedom and to save lives around the world. I congratulate them with gratitude.

Mathias Döpfner

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“There could be no better choice” – BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci und Uğur Şahin honored with Axel Springer Award

Appreciation of groundbreaking research / Congratulatory messages from around the world, including from Ursula von der Leyen and Benjamin Netanyahu / BILD printing plate dated 12/22/2020 as a present “It was very clear that there could be no better choice for the Axel Springer Award 2021 than the two founders of BioNTech,” said Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, […]

Livestream on March 18: Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin receive Axel Springer Award

Laudatory speech by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz / Broadcast live at https://go2.as/award As physicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, what they have achieved is groundbreaking. Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin dedicate their lives and work to helping people. On March 18, 2021, they will be honored with the Axel Springer Award for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovativeness and […]

Research for life and for freedom: the 2021 Axel Springer Award goes to BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin

Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are being honored for their groundbreaking research and medical entrepreneurship / Award ceremony to take place in the spring of 2021 Their successes in cancer research can help save lives. Not only that, but the BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are bringing hope to the world with their […]

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