Indian-origin scientist, Mihir Metkar has been identified by Moderna as the primary contributor to its Covid-19 vaccine. He has been named as the “first-named inventor”, a designation that usually recognizes the primary contributor to the invention, reported The Quint.
Moderna is a class of new class of vaccines which is called messenger RNA. As per the US Centers for Disease Control, in the US, around 164 million doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered so far. The scientist Mihir Metka was listed as one of the inventors in two other COVID-19 vaccine patent applications by Moderna to the US Patent Office.
As per the information in Linkedin, Mihir Metkar, who received an MSc degree from the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology at the Savitribai Phule Pune University worked at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune as a project assistant before coming to the United States.
As per the profile details, before joining Moderna in 2018, Metkar did his Ph.D. at the RNA Therapeutics Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and worked there as a post-doctoral fellow.
In a separate patent filing, Moderna listed Sunny Himansu, who has an MBBS degree, as one of the two inventors of the Betacoronavirus Vaccine. The patent document naming Mihir Metkar as the “first-named inventor” was filed on behalf of Moderna by an intellectual property law firm that asserted that the three NIH scientists who collaborated with them should not be considered co-inventors as the NIH has asked.