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Dr. Napoleone Ferrara Wins 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
Date:6/28/2011

 Dr. Ferrara's findings resulted in the development of a new class of treatments, anti-VEGF compounds, which inhibit the growth of new blood vessels.  His discoveries led to the development of ranibizumab (trade name Lucentis®), a treatment that can help halt and even reverse vision loss in the many patients who experience severe vision loss or blindness caused by the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  This advancement also helped foster the clinical development of bevacizumab (trade name Avastin®), an anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody for the treatment of cancer.

"Dr. Ferrara's discovery of VEGF transformed what we know about blood vessel development," said Solomon Snyder, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chairman, Janssen Award Selection Committee.  "His research has changed many lives by engendering the development of landmark treatments in the fields of oncology and ophthalmology."

"I am honored to be selected as this year's winner of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award," said Dr. Ferrara.  "Dr. Janssen was one of the world's most inspiring and creative scientists.  Like he was, I am passionate about the work I do, and I believe we have a great opportunity in the scientific community to address unmet needs through dedication and innovative research.  I am delighted to take part in the development of treatments that are able to provide hope and relief to patients around the world."

The Award, which includes a $100,000 prize, will be presented to Dr. Ferrara in a ceremony in New York, New York on September 13 and 14 and in Beerse, Belgium on September 15.

A special press event to honor Dr. Ferrara will be held at the Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Press Room 208B. Dr. Ferrara and Dr. Stoffels will discuss the future of biomedical innovation
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