Chamber’s David Hartnett, DRIVE Founder & COO David Perryman To Receive GaBio Industry Growth Award
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Posted by: Maria Thacker
GA (January 6, 2014) – David Hartnett,
Vice President of Economic Development, Bioscience – Health IT Industry
Development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) and David Perryman Chief Operating Officer of DRIVE LLC, are the recipients
of the 2014 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Awards.
Industry Growth Awards are the highest honors bestowed each year by Georgia Bio
(GaBio). They recognize individuals in the public and private sectors who have
made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Georgia’s life sciences
industry. David Hartnett is the
recipient from the public sector, David Perryman from the private sector.
David Hartnett is being honored for
his leadership of the bioscience and health IT arm of the Metro Atlanta
Chamber’s economic development division and for being instrumental in
recruiting and advancing the bioscience and medtech industries in the Georgia.
to joining the Chamber, Hartnett served as the president and CEO of Maco Pharma
a privately held medical device company headquartered in Lille, France. Prior
to Maco Pharma, Hartnett was president and CEO of SteriFx Corporation, a
specialty chemical company, contracted by U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA).
Prior to SteriFx, he was the executive vice president of the North American
headquarters of Given Imaging. Under his leadership the company commercialized
the "PillCam” a platform disposable video capsule. Hartnett helped to raise
close to $30 million in a private placement for corporate infrastructure
development and product commercialization prior to the company going public in
addition, his leadership and support of numerous organizations including the
Innovation Crescent™ Regional Partnership, Technology Association of Georgia,
Southeastern Medical Device Association, Venture Atlanta®, the Atlanta Science
Festival™ and Georgia Bio have helped to create a stronger economic development
front and enhance collaboration throughout Georgia.
David Perryman is being honored as
a successful entrepreneur, attorney and leader of Georgia’s bioscience
community. He is currently COO of Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE), an
innovative not-for profit biotechnology company that seeks to change the model
for the development of university based therapeutics.
to DRIVE, David was the CEO and a founder of Zirus, Inc., a biotech company
focused on the host genetics of infectious diseases. Prior to Zirus, he was
head of the biotechnology patent group at the intellectual property firm,
Needle & Rosenberg, as it grew to national prominence. Mr. Perryman has co-managed the strategy of
several successful multi-million dollar biotech patent litigations, was a
co-founder and an advisor for Georgia Venture Partners, Inc., and was a founder
and a board member of Maxia Pharmaceuticals, as well as several other
biotechnology companies. His contributions
have made a transformative difference within Georgia’s life science industry.
Hartnett and Mr. Perryman 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):
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
of the Year Awards - Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC.; Clearside Biomedical
Inc.; CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.; EndoChoice, Inc.; Royal Philips
& Georgia Regents Health System
Leader of the Year - Dana Fallaize, Emory University
Awards - Amy Baxter, MD, CEO, MMJ Labs; Ami Klin, Ph.D., Director, Marcus
of the Year Award - Representative Ben Watson (R-166)
Award - Merial LTD & the University of Georgia
of the Year - Julie A. Johnson, RN, MSN/MBA, Ed.S., Social Circle High
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.
Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is
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