BINDER awards DGZ Innovation prize

December 2021 Innovation prize

Innovation prize for young scientists


This year's award ceremony of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) took place on November 18. The institution awards various prizes for outstanding achievements in the field of cell biology. Correspondingly, there are different research categories in which awards are presented.

What you may not have known is that BINDER has been donating the so-called Innovation Award for over 20 years. The prize is endowed with €4,000 and is aimed at young scientists who have already established and developed their own research profile. Only members of the DGZ are eligible as candidates and can either apply directly or be nominated.


Due to the Covid-19 pancemic, the award ceremony was held digitally this year and Dr. Thilo Hanke attended the event as a representative of BINDER. He recalled an "exciting presentation", by award winner Dr. Leo Kurian, which was "definitely not standard". Kurian presented a 45-minute talk about his research findings, which he has been conducting since 2014, primarily in Cologne, at various institutes for neurophysiology, molecular medicine and regenerative RNA biology.

In general, his research involves "absolute fundamental work in the field of epigenetics, which is a great thing”, Thilo Hanke said. In concrete terms, this means that it is about how cardiovascular diseases develop – that is, for example, how damage to the heart vessels or heart attacks occur. The research method, which revolves around stem cell-based differentiation models, is particularly innovative.


For this reason, it is no coincidence that BINDER is sponsoring this “innovation prize”. Research of this kind is in line with our values and goals as an innovation leader: to make a significant contribution to improving the health of mankind.