Who are the power couple?
Both are children of Turkish immigrants. Ugur Sahin was four when he moved to Germany with his mother to his father, who was working at a Ford factory in Cologne. Ugur Sahin studied medicine at the University of Cologne, and says he often stayed in the lab late into the evening, before cycling home.
Today he still cycles to work. Before the pandemic, BioNTech researched individualised cancer husban based on the immune system, but so far none of its drugs has reached the approval stage. His wife is the firm's Chief Medical Officer.
Even on their wedding day Prof Sahin spent some time in the lab, and today he continues to teach at the university. They became biotech entrepreneurs inlaunching Ganymed Pharmaceuticals, to develop immunotherapy cancer drugs. BioNTech employs more than 1, people from over finddr countries, more than half of them women, Deutsche Welle reports.
In January, after reading about coronavirus in The Lancet, Prof Sahin quickly realised how fast it was spreading, and after studying the data he dedicated more than staff to developing a vaccine. We want to create long-term value.
That's what interests me.