MFPL: Two MFPL scientists receive highest honors of the Province of Vienna

On November 16th, 2015, Renée Schroeder and Alexander von Gabain were awarded the Golden Badge of Honor for Meritorious Service to the Province of Vienna (Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien) by Vice Mayor Renate Brauner. The Golden Badge is one of the highest honors of the Province of Vienna and recognizes significant contributions to the Province of Vienna through public or private services. We congratulate both MFPL scientists to this tremendous achievement.

Renée Schroeder is a Professor at the University of Vienna and group leader at MFPL. Together with her team she is particularly interested in ribonucleic acid (RNA) and investigates RNA aptamers and RNA chaperones. Renée has been a member of the Austrian governments Bioethics commission from 2005 to 2010, she was vice-president of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and was a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development from 2010 to 2015. Renée has received many prestigious awards including the Theodor-Körner prize and the Wittgenstein award. She is also an EMBO member as well as a successful writer. Her book "Die Henne und das Ei. Auf der Suche nach dem Ursprung des Lebens" was named science book of the year 2012. Renée’s commitment also helped to establish the “Vienna International Postdoctoral Program” (VIPS) at MFPL, which besides the traditional postdoctoral fellowship offers extra independence, funding and support for young researchers.#

Alexander von Gabain is a Professor at the University of Vienna and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Commercial Outreach at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. From 1992 to 1998, as Chair of Microbiology at the University of Vienna, he was involved to build a public private partnership between the university institutes, the IMP and Boehringer Ingelheim at the Vienna Biocenter. In 1998, he co-founded Intercell AG (now Valneva), which he led in the management Board as CEO and CSO until 2009. Today he still is a member of the Supervisory Board of Valneva. From 2008 until 2014, he was appointed into the founding Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which he was chairing from 2011 until the end of his term, 2014. Since 2008, Alexander is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of INiTS - the business incubator of the Viennese universities. His achievements have been recognized with a variety of industrial awards, academic prizes and honorable memberships, including the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Science, IVA.

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