Heinrich Wieland Prize

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The Heinrich Wieland Prize is an annual science award for outstanding research on biologically active molecules and systems in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology as well as their clinical importance. Since 2011, it is endowed by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. To mark its 50th anniversary in 2014, the prize money will be raised to 100,000 euros. In 1963, the Margarine Institute endowed the Heinrich Wieland Prize to support research in the field of lipids. In 2000, the Margarine Institute ended its sponsorship of the Prize and the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim became the new sponsor. In 2011, the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation took over the prize.

The awardee is selected by a scientific board of trustees. The prize is named after the Nobel Prize Laureate in chemistry Professor Heinrich Wieland (1877-1957), one of the leading lipid chemists of the first half of the 20th century.

Four of its awardees have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize: Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein (1974), Bengt Samuelson (1981) and James E. Rothman 1990.

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