TÜBINGEN, Germany / BOSTON, MA, November 07, 2018 – CureVac AG, a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company pioneering the field of mRNA-based drugs, congratulates CureVac co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ingmar Hoerr, following his recent appointment as honorary senator by the University of Tübingen. The University of Tübingen awards the honorary senator to people who have made outstanding contributions to science and other fields, in addition to a special commitment to the university.
Hoerr studied biology at the University of Tübingen and received his doctorate at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and the Interfaculty Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology for the topic "RNA vaccine for the induction of specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and antibodies." The dissertation documented the foundations of the direct application of the messenger molecule mRNA as a vaccine on which CureVac was founded in 2000.
“The University of Tübingen had a tremendous impact on me both during and after my doctoral studies. It was there that I not only completed my foundational work in the therapeutic potential of mRNA vaccines but was also given the opportunity to incubate and grow CureVac from a start-up biotech company to what it is today. I look forward to the close collaboration with the University of Tübingen and am humbled to receive this honorary senator appointment,” said Ingmar Hoerr, co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac.
“We are so pleased to see Ingmar’s mRNA science contributions recognized by such a prestigious research institution, at which Friedrich Miescher discovered nucleic acid in 1868,” said Dan Menichella, Chief Executive Officer of CureVac. “We continue to benefit from his guidance on the development mRNA therapeutics and hope that his contributions to the University of Tübingen will continue to inspire future generations of young scientists and researchers to enter the field.”