Poultry Vaccine Innovators Receive Award

From left, Bruce Calnek, Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Karel Schat

Bruce Calnek, DVM ’55, the Steffen Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Medicine, and Karel Schat, Ph.D. ’78, professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology were awarded the 2015 Ezra Technology Innovator Award for their work as inventors of the Marek’s disease vaccine.┬áCornell patented the SB-1 strain that Calnek and Schat isolated and which is contained in the majority of the 22 billion doses of vaccines that treat Marek’s disease in poultry annually. The award is given every two years to recognize “inventors whose technologies have been widely used in products and services, achieved significant social impact and generated financial returns for Cornell.”

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