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Inventors against coronavirus

Inventors against coronavirus

The novel coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably changed the world, causing a massive loss of life and shattered economies. Despite these circumstances, human resilience and inventiveness are already paving the way to recovery. Meet the inventors working on solutions that will ultimately lead to a safer, healthier and more sustainable future.

The great vaccine race

Rino Rappuoli has dedicated his career to improving vaccine technology. Thanks to his innovation, modern vaccines are not only safe and effective, they can also be produced much faster - a critical development in the fight against COVID‑19.

Rino Rappuoli

Piecing together a puzzle

There is much that is unknown about the novel coronavirus. For example, could high death rates be related to the virus attacking not only the lungs, but other organs as well? Hans Clevers collaborated with scientists across Europe and used his organoid technology to find answers.

Hans Clevers

Q&A with a vaccine expert

Ian Frazer is well known as the co‑inventor of the HPV vaccine. More recently he has been fighting disinformation, sharing expert and candid views on coronavirus, thereby helping the public overcome the anxiety that has accompanied the current pandemic.

Ian Frazer

The 90 minute game changer

When the novel coronavirus pandemic arrived, Helen Lee quickly realised that her point‑of‑care device could be used to test for SARS‑CoV‑2. Not only is SAMBA accurate, it delivers results in 90 minutes, substantially faster than earlier testing methods.

Helen Lee

Re-awakening the city that fell asleep

Thomas Tuschl has been conducting groundbreaking research in New York city for two decades. When the pandemic forced the city that never sleeps into hibernation, Professor Tuschl immediately took up the fight and began exploring potential treatments.

Thomas Tuschl

Tracking the invisible

How do you keep track of a virus that cannot be seen by the naked eye? With Galileo, the world's most accurate global satellite navigation system. José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, who co‑invented the system's radio signals, discusses the use of satellites in mapping outbreaks and tracking infections.

José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez

To find answers, read the right book

For Jan van den Boogaart and Oliver Hayden, blood is the book of life and the ability to read it helps them understand a variety of diseases. The pair use cutting‑edge techniques to analyse blood and, as the pandemic unfolds, they hope to provide greater insight into coronavirus effects.

Jan van den Boogaart and Oliver Hayden