During the Dies Natalis celebration, speeches were given and various distinctions awarded, including an Honorary Doctorate for Katalin Karikó. The musical accompaniment was provided by pop duo Clean Pete.
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Presentation of the Honorary Doctorate
The Honorary Doctorate was presented by Floris Rutjes to Katalin Karikó, Senior Vice President of BioNTech SE, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Szeged and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Karalin Karikó’s (BioNTech) research forms the basis for the current mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. For her contribution to a healthy world, she was awarded a Radboud University Honorary Doctorate.