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Otto Warburg Medal

The Otto Warburg Medal has been awarded by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, GBM) since 1963. It honors and encourages pioneering achievements in fundamental biochemical and molecular biological research. Discoveries in these scientific disciplines are a prerequisite for the development of e.g., novel medicines.


The Otto Warburg Medal is regarded as the highest award for biochemists and molecular biologists in Germany. Seven of the prize-winners also received the Nobel prize. The Medal has been endowed with prize money of 25,000 euros since 2007, sponsored exclusively by Elsevier and its flagship title Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) .

The Otto Warburg Medal is intended to commemorate the outstanding achievements of the eminent researcher Otto Heinrich Warburg. The German biochemist received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1931.