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Botond Roska receives Greenberg Visionary Prize to End Blindness

In a virtual award ceremony (available on Botond Roska has been awarded a Sanford and Susan Greenberg Visionary Prize to End Blindness “for uniquely valuable research having the greatest impact toward advancing restoration of vision in human patients.”

“I am very honored to have been selected by the Prize committee as a representative of what they regard as «the most major breakthrough in restoration of vision in human patients»”, says Botond Roska. “I am proud that our molecular and clinical researchers at IOB are part of this community of purpose. Here in Basel, we keep accelerating progress towards novel therapies for several blinding diseases. The Greenberg Prize helps us in this endeavor and further enlarges our worldwide collaboration with experts working towards the same goal.”

The prize is part of the international END BLINDNESS BY 20/20 campaign, and Greenberg’s life-long mission to prevent people from losing their sight. “I believe that we are so much closer to achieving that goal,” says Sanford D. Greenberg, co-organizer of the prize and chair of the board of governors for the Johns Hopkins University’s Wilmer Eye Institute. “It’s quite extraordinary.”

About the END BLINDNESS BY 20/20 campaign and award ceremony

13 pioneering scientists share $3 million in prizes, for their groundbreaking scientific and medical contributions to eradicate blindness. Prize recipients are being honored in two categories: the Outstanding Achievement Prize, highlighting profound strides toward treating and curing blindness, and The Visionary Prize, providing funding for scientists whose research exhibits significant potential for ending blindness.

Sanford D. Greenberg went blind in 1961 at the age of 19. He then then made a vow that for the rest of his life, he would do everything he could to make sure that no one else should go blind. Together with friends he established the award in 2012.

The video of the award ceremony is available on It features several artists (among them the musicians Art Garfunkel and Diane Schuur), Michael Bloomberg (the former mayor of New York), and footage of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg (US Supreme Court judge and a longtime supporter of the End Blindness movement), reading from «Hello Darkness, My Old Friend», the memoir of END BLINDNESS BY 20/20 co-founder Sanford D. Greenberg, who was a college roommate of Art Garfunkel.