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Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award

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

2022 Winners

  • Rafael V. Andino, Clearside Biomedical, Inc.

  • Krishnendu Roy, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

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. Presented to two Georgia honorees who 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.


2022 Winners

  • Delta Air Lines Foundation

  • UGA Innovation District

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, 2021 -December 31, 2021, based on the importance of the transaction to Georgia’s life sciences industry.

2022 Winners


  • Summa Equity acquisition of Axion Biosystems

  • Beam Therapeutics acquisition of Guide Therapeutics

  • DJO acquisition of MedShape, Inc.


Economic Development

  • Danimer Scientific

  • Intuitive Surgical


Private Financing

  • Antios Therapeutics

  • Sharecare

  • Strados Labs

  • VERO Biotech


Public Financing

  • Kennesaw State University

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.

2022 Winners

  • Ian Biggs, University of Georgia Innovation Gateway

  • Angelita Howard, EdD, MBA-PM, MA, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Dorothy Leone-Glasser, RN, HHC, Advocates for Responsible Care

  • Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, University of Georgia

  • Grace Powers, MS, MBA, RAC, Powers Regulatory Consulting

  • Ryan White Program, Augusta University


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.

2022 Winners

  • GENOSYL, VERO Biotech

Legislator of the Year Award

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

2022 Winners

  • The Honorable Chuck Hufstetler, Georgia State Senate

  • The Honorable Shaw Blackmon, 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.

2022 Winners

  • Aaron Enten, PhD, MBA, Insight Optics

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.

2022 Winner

  • Cynthia Greer, North Hall High School

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

Sherry Farrugia, Global Center for Medical Innovation

Jamie Graham, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal health

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

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