We are thrilled to present Frank Bennett with the 2018 Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science for his innovative work in bringing us a totally novel class of drugs. We recognize the truly pathbreaking and monumental promise of Frank’s creativity to mold DNA in a way that the toxic HD protein is silenced from mucking up the works in our brain cells. His innovation applies to other brain battering diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's (ALS) and others. Frank’s novel insight to use the body’s own molecular capacity to create new medicine make him an HD pioneer. His accomplishments honor the spirit and memory of Leslie Gehry by embodying originality, spontaneity, precision and rigor – all critical attributes in a scientist.
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