University of Pennsylvania’s First NFT

University of Pennsylvania’s First NFT

University of Pennsylvania’s First NFT Commemorates mRNA Research

The historic scientific breakthrough at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that helped lead the world’s fight against COVID-19 through mRNA-based vaccines is being commemorated through a non-fungible token (NFT) —a digital asset to be auctioned by Christie’s—that will support ongoing research at Penn.

A NFT is a unit of data stored on a blockchain, which is a database of transactions of digital currencies or assets that are authenticated and tracked. Penn joins a small number of universities to mint NFTs as a way to further support research and education.

The University of Pennsylvania mRNA NFT: Vaccines for a New Era is a one-of-a-kind digital artifact designed by Penn and Drew Weissman, who, with scientific collaborator Katalin Karikó, pioneered the foundational mRNA modification technology that plays a critical role in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19.

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