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Tang Prize in biopharmaceutical science goes to 3 cancer researchers

2018/06/19 10:16:25

Tony Hunter, John Mendelsohn and Brian Druker

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) Three world-leading scientists, Tony Hunter, Brian Druker and John Mendelsohn, have won the 2018 Tang Prize in biopharmaceutical science for their breakthroughs in developing targeted cancer therapies, the Tang Prize Selection Committee announced Tuesday.

Their research and findings of protein tyrosine phosphorylation and tyrosine kinases as oncogenes have led to successful targeted cancer therapies, according to the committee.

The three winners, all Americans, have shown how basic science can lead to clinical applications that benefit all mankind, said Chang Wen-chang (張文昌), a member of Taiwan's Academia Sinica and the convener of the selection committee, at a press event in Taipei.

(By Joseph Yeh)