Dr. Ferrara received the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for his discovery of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and his translational work in the development of a therapy for people suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in adults. Dr. Ferrara, who has been at Genentech since 1988, will be presented with the award at a ceremony in New York City on October 1.
Now in their 65th year, the Lasker Awards are widely recognized as among the most prestigious medical research awards in the world. They have become popularly known as "America's Nobels" since seventy-nine Lasker recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize, including thirty of them in the last twenty years.
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