Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor Adrian Krainer has been named the 2020 Senior Scientist Winner of the Innovators in Science Award. Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the 2020 awards focus on research in rare diseases.
Krainer was chosen for his pioneering research on the mechanisms and control of RNA splicing, and in particular his work on SPINRAZA®, the novel antisense oligonucleotide therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The treatment works to compensate for the genetic deficit that causes the disease, which is the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.
Krainer will receive the Innovators in Science Award medal and prize money at the 2020 Innovators in Science Award virtual ceremony on October 1, 2020.