FNIH Award Ceremony

Ms. Ann Lurie and guests at the 2017 FNIH Award Ceremony.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins interviews Lurie Prize Recipient Dr. David Sabatini
at the 2017 FNIH Award Ceremony.
FNIH President Dr. Maria Freire and Ms. Ann Lurie present the 2017 Lurie Prize to Dr. David Sabatini.

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Featuring the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

The FNIH hosts its annual Award Ceremony each May featuring the presentation of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. This $100,000 award, made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Ann Lurie, recognizes outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research.

Learn more about the Lurie Prize here.

2018 FNIH Award Ceremony

Sponsorship and information for the 2018 FNIH Award Ceremony will be available this fall. Please contact development@fnih.org with sponsorship questions. Click here to view the list of 2017 sponsors.

2017 FNIH Award Ceremony

In May 2017 thought leaders from the NIH, 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 FNIH Award Ceremony and presentation of the Lurie Prize. Wolf Blitzer, award-winning journalist and television news anchor, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

The 2017 Lurie Prize was awarded to David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D., Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sabatini discovered the mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) cellular pathway as a key regulator of growth and metabolism in response to nutrients.

Former Prize Recipients

For more information about the former recipients and their science, click here.

2017: David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2016: Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

2015: Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

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

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

2017 Sponsors

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


For information and to become a sponsor, please contact development@fnih.org.