How BioNTech went from a little-known biotech company to creating the Covid vaccine
It was Jan. 24, 2020 when BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin knew that Covid-19 was likely to become a global pandemic.
Though it was over a month and a half before the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic, Sahin met with his wife, BioNTech’s co-founder and chief medical officer Özlem Türeci. Together, they agreed to redirect most of the company’s resources to developing a vaccine.
“He approached me and explained his thoughts and his fears,” Türeci said. “And it was immediately clear to both of us that the technology we had, and...