Science Prize of the Hector Foundation Goes to Ralf Bartenschlager
Posted January 31 2017
Thanks to Prof. Dr. Bartenschlager’s work on Heptatis C, the disease is now curable for more than 95 percent of the patients. The jury of the Hector Foundation honors his extraordinary scientific achievements in the field of Hepatitis and Dengue fever and has awarded him the Scientfic Prize endowed with 150,000 euros.

According to Baden-Württemberg’s Science Minister Theresia Bauer, who delivered honorary address for Ralf Bartenschlager, he is not only known for his scientific excellence, but also for his ability to nurture the passion for basic research among his students.


From left: Senator e.h. Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector, Josephine Hector, Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager (Hector Fellow / Laureate 2016), Theresia Bauer (Ministry of Science, Research and ArtBaden-Württemberg).

Photo: Hector Foundation


In 1999, Bartenschlager first succeeded in replicating the Hepatitis C virus in the lab – a major discovery due to the fact that viruses are cell parasites and can only multiply in living cells. His team was then able to identify the factors that play a role during the replication of the virus and which substances can help stopping it. This achievement laid the ground for the development of drugs against chronic Hepatitis C. Currently,  Bartenschlager’s research concentrates on the development of an immunization against the disease.


With the award, Bartenschlager was accepted into the circle of the “Hector Fellows”. Although the research areas of its 22 members are very different, they are connected through their high engagement in teaching and the excellent quality of their work – a combination which is of particular importance for the Hector Foundation.


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