Professor Christopher Baum, Chief Executive Officer of the Berlin Institute of Health, congratulates this year's two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. "This really is a thrilling moment and I am very pleased," said Baum, who knows Charpentier personally well. "The development of CRISPR/Cas9 was a true pioneering achievement and has revolutionized the entire field of genetic research and especially gene therapy. I am also pleased that with the two Nobel Prize winners in chemistry and the winner in physics, Andrea Ghez, three women have already received the highest distinction in science this year. This is a great day for science, for patients and for women."