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Delaware Bio 2011 Annual Awards Gala

A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make the Delaware Bio 2011 Annual Awards Gala a huge success!

Delaware Bio Board of Directors

Delaware Bio Board of Directors

The Delaware Bio 2011 Annual Awards Gala brought together 300 individuals from Delaware's life science community on Monday, April 11. The event was a gathering of the state's political leaders including the entire U.S. Congressional delegation, members of the state's higher education system and leaders from industry.

U.S. Congressman John Carney

The event opened with U.S. Congressman John Carney. Carney stressed the importance of STEM education and creating a business environment that encourages local business development and job creation. Carney emphasized the importance of staying competitive in the global market saying we need to out-educate and out-innovate other countries.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons

Next to speak was U.S. Senator Chris Coons. Coons emphasized the importance of small businesses to the Delaware and U.S. economy. Coons spoke about his new Job Creation Through Innovation Act, which is his first bill since being sworn into the Senate in the fall. Coons spoke about two primary components of the bill, making permanent the R&D Tax Credit and creating a new Small Business Innovation Tax Credit.  

Coons started the awards segment of the evening by presenting Tom Ferry, the Senior Vice President of Nemours and CEO (ret.) of A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, with the Service Award. Ferry, who joined Nemours in 1979, was honored for leading Nemours  to exponential growth. Under his leadership the Nemours/ A.I DuPont has expanded from a pediatric orthopedic hospital to one of the nation's largest integrated pediatric health care system. A humble Ferry told the audience he sees the award as a tribute to the service Nemours has provided.

Jim Greenwood

The evening's featured speaker was president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Jim Greenwood. Greenwood, who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years, spoke about the need to make it easier for small biotechnology companies to compete for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. He also emphasized the need for comprehensive legislation to increase the expediency of health care, noting that medical innovation will help cut medical expenses by reducing the amount of disease in the country.

Myron Sasser

Secretary of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), Alan Levin, presented Dr. Myron Sasser with one of the evening's Innovation Awards. Dr. Sasser, CEO of Newark, Del.-based MIDI Inc., spent 20 years at the University of Delaware before he took early retirement in 1988 to found MIDI. Dr. Sasser was honored for the innovative work MIDI  has done as a developer of technology that identifies bacteria. Over the past 22 years Dr. Sasser has also mentored and provided incubator space to a number of budding entrepreneurs.

Charles Saller

Dr. Charles F. Saller, president and CEO of ABS, Inc., was presented an Innovation Award by Delaware Bio Board of Directors chairman Chris Yochim. Dr. Saller was honored for his research and the work of ABS in developing rapid and inexpensive assays for evaluating the quality of frozen and fixed human biospecimens for biomedical research. Dr. Saller is currently working on two major contracts from the National Cancer Institute.

Xinqiao Jia

Presenting the Academic Research Award to Dr. Xinqiao Jia was Dr. Kelvin Lee, director of the Delaware Biotechnology  Institute and Delaware Bio board member. Dr. Jia, an associate professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized for her research at the University of Delaware in the areas of drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Ted Kaufman and Tom Carper

Former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman was presented with the Government Official Award by Senator Tom Carper. Carper and Kaufman represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate together for two years. Carper gave a very personal introduction reflecting on the time her served with Kaufman in the Senate. Kaufman, a former engineer, was honored for his contributions to Biotechnology advancement. Kaufman is a staunch advocate for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and at the Gala Kaufman said that a commitment to STEM education, research and development and innovation were the keys to our state and nation's economic success.

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Photos by Eric Crossan