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2013 Prize Winner

Professor Randy W. Schekman was awarded the 2013 Otto Warburg Medal prize on Thursday, 03 October, at 3:00 pm during the Molecular Life Sciences Symposium.

Professor Schekman received the award for his research on the regulation of protein transport processes in cells. He was able to demonstrate that disturbances in these processes are the cause of several genetic diseases and other genetic defects.

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At the award ceremony Professor Schekman was very pleased to receive the Otto Warburg Medal, saying: "It is a great honour to receive such a prestigious award and at the same time an enormous incentive to continue with my research. There is still so much to be discovered and I hope that winning this award will motivate many young people to become researchers.” Professor Schekman has been a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1989 and also holds a professorship in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

"The GBM is proud to award the Otto Warburg Medal in its 50th anniversary year to such a renowned researcher as Professor Schekman”, said Professor Roger S. Goody, President of the GBM. “This prize represents a long-standing tradition in recognising and encouraging academic excellence. We are very happy that we can celebrate the anniversary of the Otto Warburg Medal in Frankfurt amidst many companions, friends and hopefully future winners."

The Otto Warburg Medal has been awarded by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology(Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, GBM) since 1963. It honours and encourages pioneering achievements in fundamental biochemical and molecular biological research. Discoveries in these scientific disciplines are a prerequisite for the development of, e. g., novel medicines. The Otto Warburg Medal is regarded as the highest award for biochemists and molecular biologists in Germany.


The Otto Warburg Medal is awarded to scientists who have made first-class, internationally recognized contributions in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. The focus is on outstanding personalities who enjoy an excellent reputation extending far beyond their specialist field and beyond their particular country of origin.

The Otto Warburg Medal has been awarded regularly since 1973 by a panel of experts from the ranks of the GBM.

Every GBM member is entitled to propose a nominee to the Executive Board of the GBM. The Executive Board of the society deliberates in a closed meeting on the candidates nominated for the prize.

The annual award ceremony is held in public, alternating between the Fall Conference of the GBM and the Mosbach Colloquium in spring.

More Information

Next ceremony will be held at the:

65th Mosbacher Kolloquium
Molecular Protein Quality Control in Health, Aging and Disease

For more information please visit the conference website