2017 FNIH Award Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 thought leaders from the National Institutes of Health, pioneers in biomedical science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, philanthropists and business executives convened at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. for the fifth annual Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Award Ceremony and presentation of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. This $100,000 award, made possible by a generous gift from FNIH Board member Ann Lurie, recognizes outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. The recipient is selected by a jury consisting of six distinguished biomedical researchers and chaired by Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Psychiatry, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and Vice Chairman for Science of the FNIH. 



Wolf BlitzerThe evening’s Master of Ceremonies was award-winning journalist and television news anchor Wolf Blitzer. Mr. Blitzer is CNN's lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which provides viewers with in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day. In addition, Mr. Blitzer anchors Wolf, which focuses on important news from Washington and around the world.

2017 Prize Winner

David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Learn about Dr. Sabatini in this press release and this recent Biocentury Innovations article.

Introduction to Dr. Sabatini's Science

Former Prize Winners

Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School

Introduction to Dr. Lee's Science

Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D2015:
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University

Introduction to Dr. Deisseroth's Science

Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.2014:
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California, Berkeley

Introduction to Dr. Doudna's Science

Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.2013:
Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.
David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine

Introduction to Dr. Medzhitov's Science

2017 Sponsors Included:

Amgen, Inc.
Blum-Kovler Foundation: Judy and Peter Kovler
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Buffy Cafritz
Cleary Gottlieb
Davis Polk & Wardell LLP 
Deloitte Consulting LLP
James H. and Christina W. Donovan
Ernesto I. Freire, Ph.D. and Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.
Johnson & Johnson
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky 
Ann Lurie
Marriott International
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone
James P. Muldoon
Navitor Pharmaceuticals
Northwestern Medicine
Omega World Travel, Inc.
Paragon Pharmaceuticals
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pfizer Inc
Dame Jillian Sackler
Charles A. Sanders, M.D. and Ann E. Sanders
Solomon H. Snyder, M.D.
Nina K. Solarz
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Samuel O. Thier, M.D. and Paula Thier

Related Resources:

About Ann Lurie

Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences Recipients

Photos from the 2016 Award Ceremony