Scientists Ugur Sahin, and Ozlem Tureci (founders of BioNTech) are the brains behind the world’s first efficient coronavirus vaccine; On November 9, 2020, the company’s partner, US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, declared their candidate vaccine was more than 90% effective in stopping infection in enlistees. The couple has given their lives to the study of the treatment of tumors (masses of cells) in the body and infectious illnesses. Also, they are the first experts in personalized immunotherapy medications for cancer. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple’s innovative research in the field of modified genetic code has made them notable today.

Sahin stressed the importance of the news — and posted a message of optimism for the world. “I think the good message for mankind is that we now understand that COVID-19 infections can be indeed prevented by a vaccine,” he said. Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s CEO called it the biggest medical advance in the past 100 years. While the vaccine is a huge move for the scientific society, Sahin and Tureci are experts in the world of medical achievements.