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“It is a mark of the Lasker Awards that they are named for researchers in honor of Robert Lasker, one of the more important thinkers of the 20th century and the fathers of modern medicine. For making the financial argument for investing in medical research and the creation of the National Institutes of Health and the Kennedy Center Institute of Medicine. He managed to reconcile the tension that existed between private and public funding for scientific research. I didn’t know Lasker, but I’m honored to be recognized in his name,” – Susan Prescott CEO, Lasker Institute for Innovation
“For showing how a simple clinical test is enabling early detection of severe diseases and improving the lives of so many patients around the world. It is a perfect example of the need for greater investments in international collaborations and partnerships, accelerating scientific progress and bringing more patients access to these medical breakthroughs that are coming about through the bioscience research, including some of the very foundational and exciting new efforts that we are excited about and our main Lasker Prizes,” – Dr. Ryan Anthony Partner, Alexion Pharmaceuticals