Monday, November 30

Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine: The Love Story of the Turkish-German Couple Behind BioNTech, the Company Testing an Innovative Coronavirus Immunization Method


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Ugur Sahin and Öezlem Türeci are the founding couple of BioNTech.

The positive results publicized by Pfizer in the vaccine for covid-19 that BioNTech develops together are an unexpected success for a couple of children of Turkish immigrants in Germany.

From humble roots, the son of a Turkish immigrant who worked at a Ford factory in Cologne would, years later, become the CEO of BioNTech. Now 55 years old, Ugur Sahin He is among the 100 richest Germans, along with his wife and colleague Öezlem Türeci, 53-year-old daughter of a Turkish doctor.

“Despite his accomplishments, he has never stopped being incredibly humble and kind,” said Matthias Kromayer, a board member of venture capital firm MIG AG, whose funds have been funding BioNTech since its founding in 2008.

According to Kromayer, Sahin often attends business meetings with jeans, backpack and a bicycle helmet under his arm.

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