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CEO of deCODE Receives Nordic Medicine Award

Icelandic physician Kári Stefánsson, CEO and chairman of deCODE Genetics, will receive the Anders Jahres Award in Medicine at a ceremony in Oslo, with the King of Norway in attendance, next week. Stefánsson is the first Icelander to receive the award.

CEO of deCODE Kári Stefánsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The Anders Jahres Award is one of the most respected scientific awards in Europe and is sometimes called a Nordic Nobel Prize in medicine, Morgunbladid reports.

Stefánsson is being granted the award for deCODE’s contribution to research on the genetics of common diseases. The prize is NOK 1 million (USD 181,000, EUR 112,000).

Stefánsson said the award is consistent with the recent scientific achievements of deCODE’s employees.

“During the past few years there has been significant growth in all our scientific work and shortly our people will post a number of scientific articles in respected international journals,” Stefánsson added.

The Anders Jahres Award has two other recipients this year: Anders Tengholm from Sweden and Jukka Westermarck from Finland; both are being honored for their research in cell biology.

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