The jury was particularly pleased with his research into ivermectin as the first mosquito-killing drug to combat malaria.

The jury complimented Menno Smit, pediatrician in training, on his clinical research that focuses on the malaria parasite and malaria mosquito. The high quality of Smit's research, in combination with his scientific enthusiasm, international visibility and independence as a young researcher, makes him an ideal winner of this prestigious prize, the jury concluded.