The big nanoparticle story behind the COVID-19 vaccine

Episode 5

Hosts: Carol Eugene Park & Rumneek Johal
From Here Forward

Rumneek and Carol speak with UBC’s Dr. Pieter Cullis (BSc’67, MSc’70, PhD’72), whose pioneering research on lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) has received global acclaim. Without the development of LNPs, which serve as the “delivery system” for life-saving therapeutics, the mRNA COVID vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna would literally not work. Cullis’s success did not happen overnight, but was the result of years of collaborative effort, sprinkled with happy accidents along the way — plus critical early support from UBC.

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