Uğur Şahin (Turkish: [u.ˈuɾ ʃɑ.ˈhin]; born 1965 in Iskenderun, Turkey) is a Germanimmunologist and physician of Turkish descent. He is a professor of oncology at the University of Mainz and the chief executive and co-founder with his wife, Özlem Türeci, of biotech company BioNTech. He and his spouse are among the hundred wealthiest people in Germany.
Şahin was born in Iskenderun, Turkey. When he was four years old his family immigrated to Germany, where his father worked in a Ford car factory. He studied medicine at the University of Cologne, graduating in 1990, and obtained a PhD from the same university in 1993. Following an eight-year residency at the Saarland University Hospital, he joined the faculty of the University of Mainz in 2000, where he became a professor in 2006.
In addition to his role as a professor and practicing physician at the University of Mainz Hospital, Şahin has founded or been involved in numerous companies over the course of his career. In 2001 he founded Ganymed Pharmaceuticals, which developed cancer immunotherapies and was purchased by Astellas Pharma in 2016. In 2019, Sahin was awarded the Mustafa Prize, a biennial Iranian prize for Muslims in science and technology.
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