Craig Mello named winner of The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

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"Johnson & Johnson is very pleased to award The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research to Dr. Mello," said William C. Weldon, Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. "His work and research have the potential to help millions of people, and this epitomizes the passion, leadership and innovation that defined Dr. Janssen."

Among Mello's other honors, he has received the 2006 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize; the Dr. Lewis S. Rosentiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science; the Gairdner Foundation International Award; the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology; the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences; the Warren Triennial Prize, Massachusetts General Hospital; and the Massry Prize.

"Now more than ever, scientific innovation comes at a premium," says Sir Richard Sykes, a member of the Award's international Selection Committee. "Discoveries such as those by Dr. Mello have the potential to open a treasure chest of untold medical innovations that can ultimately help patients on a worldwide basis."

"Dr. Mello is a very deserving recipient of this auspicious award," said Dr. Snyder. "The Committee was faced with a very difficult challenge to select the inaugural recipient for this award. We feel that Dr.Mello's innovative work opens up new pathways to understanding basic biology and will have a true impact on human health."



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