Beloved Weizmann family members Sara and Prof. Michael Sela were honored at the 2013 New York Gala of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Prof. Sela is perhaps best known for helping develop Copaxone®, the blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug; he was also president of the Weizmann Institute for a decade, and he and Sara are deeply involved with the Institute – including as philanthropists.

This tribute video features the Selas and their daughters, along with numerous longtime friends of the Selas talking about this extraordinary couple; Larry Blumberg, then Chairman of the American Committee, says “I think Michael is certainly one of the greatest scientists the Weizmann Institute has ever produced.” And, later, “ Sara has been an incredible force for Michael and the Institute.”

Other speakers include Weizmann Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman, Prof. Yadin Dudai, and Prof. Ruth Arnon (his former student, then collaborator on Copaxone®). Mrs. Sela recalls the day they were waiting on the call informing them as to whether the FDA had approved Copaxone® or not as “one of the most dramatic days” of their lives. It was approved, of course, and went on to change and save the lives of many patients; in fact, it is the stories of those people that have affected the Selas the most.

Prof. Sela says that “there is something very special about the spirit of the Weizmann.” The Weizmann family says the same about the Selas.