Emmanuelle Charpentier: Jung Foundation Predicted Nobel Prize

Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier received a special honour last year. Together with her US-American colleague Jennifer Doudna, the French biochemist received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 developing the CRISPR-Cas9 system. The CRISPR-Cas9 system enables targeted deactivation and correction of defective genes. 

Back in 2015, when the founding and managing director of the Max Planck Research Unit for the Science of Pathogens was honoured with the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, the Jung Foundation’s Board of Trustees anticipated that she would be awarded the Nobel Prize. In the following years, the biochemist has received further highly endowed prizes.