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GaBio Names Dana Fallaize of Emory, Emerging Leader of the Year

Tuesday, January 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Thacker
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ATLANTA, GA (January 7, 2014) – Dana Fallaize, a doctoral candidate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and an intern for the Office of Technology Transfer at Emory University, has been named the 2014 Emerging Leader of the Year by Georgia Bio.

The Emerging Leader of the Year award honors young professionals for outstanding contributions to the success of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and the growth of Georgia’s life sciences community. The award winner is selected by a panel of seasoned industry leaders acting as advisors to the ELN.

Dana Fallaize is a doctoral candidate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Emory University. Her PhD research is focused on mitochondrial dysfunction in health and neurodegenerative diseases. While at Emory, Dana has also served as an intern in Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer working alongside the licensing, start-ups, and intellectual property teams. As an undergraduate, Dana was an research assistant in the Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory at NCI-Frederick and the Genetic Engineering Section in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at NIAID. Dana received her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

Ms. Fallaize has been an active member in Georgia Bio and the ELN. She is incoming chair of the ELN where she leads a board charged with providing events and programs that promote networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia life sciences community through various channels and initiatives.

Ms. Fallaize will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner, January 23, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Atlanta Fox Theater.

Other leading companies, executives, researchers and dedicated individuals will receive Georgia Bio Awards for the following categories (listed alphabetically by award title):

  • Community Awards - Richard diMonda, BEE, MSBME, MBA; Judy M. Gantt M.Ed., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joseph M. Patti, Ph.D., Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Todd Sherer, PhD, CLP, Emory University
  • Deals of the Year Awards - Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC.; Clearside Biomedical Inc.; CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.; EndoChoice, Inc.; Royal Philips & Georgia Regents Health System
  • Industry Growth Awards – David Hartnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber; David Perryman, DRIVE LLC
  • Innovation Awards - Amy Baxter, MD, CEO, MMJ Labs; Ami Klin, Ph.D., Director, Marcus Autism Center
  • Legislator of the Year Award - Representative Ben Watson (R-166)
  • Phoenix Award - Merial LTD & the University of Georgia
  • Teacher of the Year - Julie A. Johnson, RN, MSN/MBA, Ed.S., Social Circle High School

Georgia Bio ( is the private, non-profit association whose members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of life sciences related products and services.

Note to Editors: Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is complimentary. Please contact Maria Thacker (404-920-2042;

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