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Envoy Therapeutics founder, Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., has been awarded the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. Dr. Friedman is head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Friedman shares the award with Douglas L. Coleman, emeritus scientist at The Jackson Laboratory, for the pair’s discovery of leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and body weight.

Leptin’s discovery demonstrated a clear genetic causality to obesity, a finding that upended the widespread belief that the condition’s roots are primarily behavioral.

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