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2012 Community Awards

Thursday, January 19, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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ATLANTA, GA (January 19, 2011) -- Georgia Bio each year recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for significant contributions to Georgia’s life sciences industry with its Georgia Bio Community Awards. The recipients will be honored at the Annual Awards Dinner January 26, 6 pm to 9 pm, at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.

The 2012 recipients are Ann Schmierer, Ph.D., Bioscience Industry Liaison in the Strategic Partners Office at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute; Kitty Vogt, Development Director for the Georgia Research Alliance; REACH Health Inc., a telemedicine company enabling physicians to consult patients in remote or underserved hospitals; The Task Force for Global Health, a non-profit global health organization that engages public and private sector resources to protect vulnerable populations worldwide; and the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council, a collaboration of academic and industry leaders formed to boost bioscience development. 

Ann Schmierer is a leader at Georgia Institute of Technology in helping the university reach out to the bioscience industry and establish partnerships that translate laboratory discoveries into commercial products, resulting in the formation of new companies and development of advanced treatments and therapies to improve people’s health. She works across the entire university campus to connect companies to new product development, improved competitiveness, and transformation of industrial processes.  Dr. Schmierer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of Washington. 

Kitty Vogt was a long-time member of the Georgia Bio Board of Directors, representing the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), before stepping down in 2011. She was a leader in helping Georgia Bio expand its membership, in connecting industry to the state’s universities, and in supporting entrepreneurial programs to assist emerging bioscience companies. Ms. Vogt managed a variety of GRA’s life sciences initiatives from 1997 to 2011, before assuming her current role as Development Director. She received a B.A in English from Emory University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University. 
REACH Health was co-founded in 2006 by David C. Hess, MD, who is co-director of the Brain & Behavior Discovery Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University, Co-Director of the Neuroscience Center, and Chair of the Department of Neurology. REACH Health is a pioneer in the telemedicine field, providing real-time, acute treatment of stroke and other neurological disorders remotely to patients in rural and underserved hospitals. The company, with 30 employees, has grown from a handful of small rural hospitals in Georgia to more than 100 hospitals in multiple states, including Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Louisiana. In Georgia, REACH Health works in 28 hospitals serving over half the population base. 
The Task Force for Global Health mobilizes resources from public and private sector partners to improve health and human development for billions of people around the world and to work towards global health equity.  Its work includes distributing donated pharmaceuticals to underserved populations. Ninety-eight percent of its $1.14 billion in contributions from the private sector are in the form of medicines the Task Force helps distribute worldwide to treat and, wherever possible, eliminate diseases that afflict and cripple communities.  As part of its global effort, the Task Force also works with partners in Georgia, and seeks to collaborate with other organizations that share its values of social justice, collaboration, consequential compassion, and stewardship.  Mark Rosenberg, MD, is the President and CEO of the Task Force. 

The Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council is led by Chair Donna W. Hyland, President and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; and Co-Chairs Justin Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Development and Government Affairs of Greenway Medical Technologies, and David Hartnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber Vice President for Bioscience and Health IT Industry Development. The Council has brought together thought leaders in capital expansion, clinical trials, marketing and workforce development, and made recommendations for addressing these issues to strengthen the existing bioscience and health IT industries with a focus on attracting new companies to Georgia. One example of the council’s success was bringing together two of its members, Georgia Institute of Technology and Gwinnett Technical College, which applied for and received a $1.6 million workforce development grant.   

Georgia Bio ( is a private, non-profit association representing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, medical centers, universities, research institutes, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of products that improve health and well-being of people animals and the environment. 
Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is complimentary. Please contact Maria Thacker Goethe (404-920-2042; 

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