Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Vaccine Success

 Sarah Gilbert and Adrian Hill the scientists who lead the team that created the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, is set for a payday of more than £20m each as the biotech firm co-founded prepares to float on the stock market in the US.

Uğur Şahin and his wife, Özlem Türecim, the co-founders and chief executive and chief medical officer of Pfizer’s vaccine partner BioNTech, have seen their net wealth soar to about $4bn (£2.9bn)

Stéphane Bancel, the chief executive of Moderna, has seen his fortune soar to an estimated $4.3bn as the US company’s share price has soared. 

Two scientists who helped develop the technology for Moderna’s mRNA vaccine have also become billionaires. Prof Timothy Springer of Harvard Medical School and Dr Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hold stakes worth $2.2bn and $2bn respectively.

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