It is with great sadness that we have learned about the death of our colleague and friend Gerd Sutter, at the age of 61 years. As the key initiator of MVA-based vaccine development technology he, a Professor at LMU in Munich, has collaborated with many of us for decades on the development of vaccines against measles, West Nile, influenza, and MERS. He always was the initiator or key collaborator in the framework of many internationally and nationally funded projects. Most recently we joined forces in the ongoing EC-funded Horizon 2020 project ENDFLU, in which many colleagues from Europe and India collaborate on the development of a universal influenza vaccine.
We will always remember his enthusiastic and essential contributions to our joint projects, that have resulted in major breakthroughs in the MVA-based vaccine development technology. Therefore, the scientific community and the ENDFLU collaborators in particular, will dearly miss his unique expertise and contributions.
But above all we will miss a good friend and fantastic colleague who besides loving his work, knew how to spend quality time with friends and colleagues.
We wish his family and friends all the strength they need in this difficult time.
Photo © LMU München