Award Name : Japan Prize
Year of Award : 2015
Award for : Technology
Location : San Diego, California, United States
Friedmann, 79, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, proposed the concept of gene therapy in the 1970s and pioneered the early phase of basic research in the field. Regarded internationally as the "father of gene therapy," he has also been at the vanguard of ethical issues surrounding this field as an opinion leader for the past 40 years.