The Hansen Family Award

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The Hansen Family Award was launched in 2000 by Prof. Kurt Hansen – former Chairman of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer AG.

The Bayer Foundation presents the Hansen Family Award with prize money of €75,000 to scientists in German speaking countries for pioneering research in scientific areas related to medical science and medicine, particularly in the following fields:

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Human genetics
  • Active substance research
  • Red biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Cell physiology
  • Structural biology
  • Bioinformatics

The foundation presents the award every second year, alternating with the Otto Bayer Award.


The Benefactor Prof. Kurt Hansen.

Prof. Kurt Hansen served as Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG from 1962 to 1974. Kurt Hansen was a natural scientist and certified management assistant, he believed that support for research in the fields of science and medicine was of central importance for the long-term success of the company and subsequently established the award with an endowment.

Award winners[edit]

  • 2000: Thomas Jentsch
  • 2002: Christian Haass and Ralf Baumeister
  • 2005: Rüdiger Klein
  • 2007: Magdalena Götz
  • 2009: Patrick Cramer
  • 2011: Stefan Hell
  • 2013: Hans-Georg Rammensee
  • 2015: Emmanuelle Charpentier
  • 2017: Jens Claus Brüning[1] and Matthias H. Tschöp[2]
  • 2019: Edith Heard


  • Stefan W. Hell received the Hansen Family Award 2011 in honor of his breakthroughs in the field of light microscopy and was subsequently awarded the Nobel prize 2014 for Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.[3]
Stefan W. Hell
Stefan W. Hell
Emmanuelle Charpentier
Emmanuelle Charpentier
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier received the Family Hansen Award 2015 for her groundbreaking discovery of “molecular scissors” that enabled the programable cleavage of DNA at specified positions using CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) She was awarded the Nobel prize 2020 for Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing.[4]
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier is the third former winner of a Bayer Science Award – together with Stefan Hell and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – to be awarded the Nobel Prize shortly thereafter.
  • Most recently, Edith Heard was awarded the Hansen Family Award for her groundbreaking insights into the field of epigenetics and its role in basic medical research.[5]


  1. "Jens Brüning receives Hansen Family Award". Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  2. "press information / news – Helmholtz Zentrum München". Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  3. "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014". Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  4. "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020". Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  5. "2019 Hansen Family Award goes to Professor Edith Heard". pharmaceutical daily. 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2021-04-12.

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