Guldberg Gets Top Georgia Bio Award

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Bob Guldberg, executive director of the Petit institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Institute of Technology, took center stage Thursday night at the 2018 Georgia Bio Life Science Health Impact Awards Gala at the Cobb Energy Center.

Guldberg, along with James Wehenmeyer, vice president of research and economic development at Georgia State University, received the Industry Growth Awards, the highest honors bestowed each year by Georgia Bio, the state’s life science advocacy and business association, now in its 20th year. The award recognizes individuals in the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry.

“This award from Georgia Bio is a great honor and really a recognition of the efforts of the entire Petit Institute team,” Guldberg said. “It’s remarkable how many more start-ups are being launched now compared to 10 or 20 years ago. I am so proud of the collaborative entrepreneurial culture that we have built, where our students and faculty increasingly expect to successfully translate their lab work into commercial products and new clinical therapies.”

Georgia Tech and the Petit Institute were well represented at the awards podium as nearly 300 of the state’s life science industry leaders gathered to celebrate the contribution and achievements of people and organizations.

In addition to Guldberg, other award winners with Tech connections included Sherry Farrugia (chief operating and strategy officer of the Pediatric Technology Center, a partnership of Georgia Tech and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), who won a Community Award, and the NSF Engineering Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) at Georgia Tech, which won a Deal of the Year Award.

“We are excited to recognize the individuals and organizations improving and saving lives worldwide through their healthcare innovations and leadership here in Georgia.” said Russell Allen, president and CEO of Georgia Bio.

Here’s a list of the 2018 Georgia Bio Life Sciences Health Impact Award winners:


GEORGIA BIO INDUSTRY GROWTH AWARDS: Presented to two people who have made an extraordinary contribution to the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia.

Robert E. Guldberg, Ph.D., The Petit Director's Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience; Executive Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience; and Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

James Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D., VP Research & Economic Development, Georgia State University and Chairman, GSU Research Foundation Inc.


PHOENIX AWARD: Presented to two Georgia honorees who have forged academic and industry relationships that will drive translation and lead to new treatments and cures. This award is sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

• UGA Center for Vaccines and Immunology / Sanofi Pasteur


DEALS OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Presented to one or more companies or institutions for the most significant financial or commercial transactions closed from November 1, 2016-October 31, 2017, based on the importance of the transaction to Georgia’s life sciences industry.

• Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at Augusta University


• Femasys

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance

• NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) at Georgia Tech

Vertera Spine


COMMUNITY AWARDS: Presented to a small number of individuals, companies or institutions whose contributions to Georgia’s life sciences community are worthy of special recognition.

Sherry N. Farrugia, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, Pediatric Technology Center, Georgia Institute of Technology; Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Partnership

Christopher D. McKinney, DA, MBA, Associate Vice President, Innovation Commercialization; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Augusta University

• Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases

• Suzanne Prichett, Field Sales Manager - Education & Medical Research Division, VWR International LLC

• Atlanta Center for Medical Research


INNOVATION AWARDS: Presented to the department, institution, company or individuals who are forging new ground by thinking outside traditional paradigms to create some unique technology.

• Aruna Biomedical

George Hsu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer / Interim CEO, Cathaid Inc.

James Ross, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Axion BioSystems

• PanXome


EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Presented to young individuals who have made a significant impact on the life sciences industry through their studies or employment.

Ashley Bohn, Ph.D, M.S., R.V.T., Georgia State University

Tami Hutto, MSPP, Program Manager – Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta BEST Program


TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Presented to a Georgia biotechnology high school teacher who exhibits excellence in STEM teaching and support for the biotechnology pathway.

William E. Schuyler, Forsyth Central High School


For a list of past Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award recipients, click here.




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