Were you aware of the Vatican’s work in the Biosciences – including Biotech? Well, now it has awarded the Richest Doctor in the world, Patrick Soon-Shiong, some fancy award for his pioneering work against Cancer. AND it held an Adult stem cell therapy research conference with the Pope and US Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend.
The award, presented by Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi (President of the Pontifical Council for Culture) recognises medical innovators ‘who change the course of history and reduce suffering on a global scale‘.
Soon-Shiong is the CEO of the multi-disciplinary company NantWorks, which reminds me a little of the Catapult collective in the UK (which has various divisions for different medical research specialisms – including Cell & Gene Therapy), but on a completely different scale. NantWorks was even described by Forbes as ‘Soon-Shiong’s Health Empire‘.
Soon-Shiong rose to fame for his work on an injectable albumin-bound drug for various cancer types.