Özlem Türeci

German physician, scientist and entrepreneur

Özlem Türeci is a German physician, scientist and entrepreneur. She co-founded the German biotechnology company BioNTech in 2008, which developed the first approved messenger RNA-based vaccine against COVID-19 in 2020. Türeci has served as BioNTech's chief medical officer since 2018. She was founder and CEO of Ganymed Pharmaceuticals from 2008 to 2016. She is also a Privatdozent at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Türeci and her spouse, Uğur Şahin, became the first Turkish Germans among Germany's top 100 wealthiest people list in 2020.

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