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Industry Growth Award

Presented to two people who have made an extraordinary contribution to the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia.

2023 Winners

  • Sherry Farrugia, Global Center for Medical Innovation

  • Jeffrey Rapp, PhD, Athens Technical College

Phoenix Award

The Phoenix award represents the iconic "rising from the ashes" of the Phoenix, a symbol of strength, tenacity and leadership and is presented to celebrate the best Industry and Academic collaborations, outstanding healthcare professionals and systems, or other partnerships that drive translation and lead to new treatments and cures. This award is sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber.


2023 Winner

  • Grady Health System

Deals of the Year Award

Presented to one or more companies or institutions for the most significant financial or commercial transactions closed from January 1, 2022 -December 31, 2022, based on the importance of the transaction to Georgia’s life sciences industry.

2023 Winners


  • UCB acquisition of Zogenix


Economic Development

  • Boston Scientific


Private Financing

  • Micron Biomedical

  • Nyra Medical

  • OXOS Medical, Inc.


Public Financing

  • Antiviral Countermeasures Development Center

  • Center for Healthy Aging, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

  • Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance

Community Award

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

2023 Winners

  • Juan-Carlos Aguilar, PhD, Georgia Department of Education

  • Roberto Alva, DVM, MS, PhD, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

  • Jim Forbes, Vizzia Technologies

  • David C. Hess, MD, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

  • James Lillard, PhD, MBA, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Nakia Melecio, Georgia Institute of Technology


Innovation Award

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

2023 Winners

  • Paenibacillus Larvae Bacterin, Honeybee Vaccine, Dalan Animal Health

  • Saol Therapeutics

Legislator of the Year Award

Presented to state legislators for their support of the life sciences industry in Georgia. 

2023 Winners

  • The Honorable Mike Cheokas, Georgia House of Representatives

Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Presented to young individuals who have made a significant impact on the life sciences industry through their studies or employment.

2023 Winners

  • Andrew Short, Georgia Institute of Technology

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.

2023 Winner

  • Robert Kuhn, FCS Innovation Academy STEM High School

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Chris McKinney, Augusta University (Chair)
Heather Creran, OncoLens
Derek Eberhart, University of Georgia, Innovation Gateway

Sherry Farrugia, Veranex

David Hartnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Lee Herron, Georgia Research Alliance (retired)
Russ Medford, Covanos, Inc.
Richard Otto, Forest Partners

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