The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Drugs was awarded collectively to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice on Monday for the invention of hepatitis C virus, a breakthrough the Nobel Meeting mentioned had “made attainable blood assessments and new medicines which have saved tens of millions of lives.”
The Nobel Meeting introduced the prize on the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
“For the primary time in historical past, the illness can now be cured, elevating hopes of eradicating Hepatitis C virus from the world inhabitants,” the committee mentioned in a press release.
Who’re the winners?
Mr. Alter, an American, is a medical researcher for the Nationwide Institutes of Well being in Maryland.
Mr. Houghton, born in Britain, is the Li Ka Shing professor of virology on the College of Alberta, Canada. He’s additionally director of the Li Ka Shing Utilized Virology Institute on the college.
Mr. Rice, born in Sacramento, is a professor at Rockefeller College in New York. From 2001 to 2018, he was the scientific and government director on the Middle for the Research of Hepatitis C on the college.