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GaBio Names Amber Young Emerging Leader of the Year

Friday, January 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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ATLANTA, GA (January 11, 2013) -- Amber Young, Ph.D., a project manager for Hitt Medical Writing, has been named the 2013 Emerging Leader of the Year by Georgia Bio (GaBio). Additionally, Rose Santangelo Freel, Ph.D. of the National Cancer Institute, will receive an award for her community service in 2012. Both will be honored at the GaBio Annual Awards Dinner, January 24, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Atlanta Fox Theater.

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.

Dr. Young has been an active member in Georgia Bio and the ELN for over 5 years.  She is in her second year as 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. 

After receiving her degree in Neuroscience from Emory University, Dr. Young embarked on her doctorate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Georgia under the direction of Steven Stice, Ph.D. Her thesis work involved the neurodevelopment of Parkinson’s Disease and the differentiation of dopaminergic neurons from human embryonic stem cell derived neural progenitors. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University studying Fragile X, Dr. Young worked as a Biological Consultant at AxionBiosystems. Dr. Young is currently Project Manager for Hitt Medical Writing. Outside of work, Amber enjoys teaching Zumba classes.

Also honored at the Awards Dinner will be Rose Santangelo Freel, recognized for Distinguished Service as the co-chair of the ELN in 2012.  During her leadership she oversaw and maintained the active programs team, coordinated and presented on behalf of ELN at Georgia Universities, and assisted in organizing over 12 educational ELN events.

Currently, Dr. Santangelo Freel is a Cancer Research Training Award fellow working as a Technology Transfer Specialist in the Technology Transfer Center of the National Cancer Institute.   During her time with ELN, she was an intern at the Office of Technology Transfer at Emory University as well as a graduate student in Emory's chemistry department under the advisement of Dr. Dennis Liotta.  She completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry in August of 2012 with published work in Nature Communications and Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, a review in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, and a US patent application covering a portion of her work.  She received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

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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