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Double Helix Medals dinner

The Double Helix Medal recognizes esteemed individuals who boldly participate in the fight to find cures for the diseases that plague us. This annual dinner in New York City is a warm and elegant celebration of those who make major contributions to genetics research.

The event was held on November 17, 2021, at the American Museum of Natural History.

Former baseball pro-athlete Reggie Jackson, a.k.a Mr. October, addresses the virtual participants at the 2020 Double Helix Medals event. Jackson will be awarded a Double Helix Medal in 2021 for his work supporting schools that provide STEM education to underserved students through the Mr. October Foundation.

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2021 Double Helix Medal Honorees

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Len Schleifer and George Yancopoulos

Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D. is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regeneron, one of the world’s most innovative biotechnology companies. George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., is the co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron.

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Reggie Jackson, “Mr. October”

Reginald Martinez Jackson started the Mr. October Foundation for Kids (“MOF”) in 1997 with the mission of improving educational opportunities for underprivileged youth. Reggie’s Foundation has evolved to the funding of STEM curricula geared for children of all ages who may not otherwise have exposure to these subjects, given the lack of public-school resources.

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