Prof. Dr. Uğur Şahin was born on September 19, 1965 in İskenderun. He went to Germany with his family at the age of 4. His family worked at the Ford factory in Cologne. Prof. Şahin drew attention with his interest in scientific research and experiments at a younger age.
Following the program "Immortality is Killer" prepared on the German television on cancer, Şahin studied medicine at the University of Cologne, following Paul Ehrlich, who invented the modern immune system in the 19th century and developed chemotherapy for the first time against cancer. He started to work at the university in Homburg Saar on the proposal of his professor.
Making a name for himself with researches against cancer, Prof. Uğur Şahin developed a vaccine that separates the cancerous cell from the healthy cell and destroys the cancerous cell. Working on antibodies against diseased cells in breast, colon, lung, pancreas and prostate cancer, Prof. Şahin, his wife Dr. He was working with Özlem Türeci on a vaccine against skin cancer called melanoma.
Prof. Şahin turned to this area after the spread of COVID 19. Prof. Şahin worked with Swiss scientist Rolf Zinkernagel, who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1996. He founded the company BioNTech in 2008. Today, around 80 scientists are doing research on cancer at BioNTech.