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Georgia Bio Names 2012 Emerging Leader of the Year

Wednesday, January 18, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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ATLANTA, GA (January 18, 2012) - Valarie Truax, Ph.D. candidate at Emory University, has been named the 2012 Emerging Leader of the Year by Georgia Bio. She will be honored at the Annual Awards Dinner January 26 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. 

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. 

Ms. Truax completed her Master's degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University after which she worked for Englert Technology, an IT solutions firm, and then as an Associate at Madison Keats LLC, a strategy consulting and life sciences investment bank in Charlotte, NC. After three years with Madison Keats, she decided to merge her two passions, business and science, to embark on a joint PhD/MBA program at Emory University.  In fall 2010, she received her MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.  In her Ph.D. program, she is involved in the discovery of novel piperidine and piperazine CXCR4 antagonists in the laboratory of Professors Dennis C. Liotta and Jim P. Snyder in Emory’s Department of Chemistry. 

Ms. Truax has been an active member in Georgia Bio and the ELN since 2008.  She is in her second year as Director of Membership where she leads a team charged with recruiting and expanding ELN's membership base through various channels and initiatives.  During her time in this role, Ms. Truax has organized the ELN team for various career fairs throughout Atlanta, networking sessions at Georgia Bio member universities, and conference volunteers for the 2010 and 2011 Georgia Life Sciences Summits.  In her spare time, Ms. Truax is a competitive triathlete and an Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner. 

Georgia Bio’s 2012 Annual Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, January 26, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at The Fox Theatre.

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. A goal of ELN is to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia biotechnology community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.  

Georgia Bio is the private, non-profit association representing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, medical centers, universities, research institutes, government groups and other organizations involved in the development of products that improve the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment. 

Note to Editors: Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is complimentary. Please contact Maria Thacker (404-920-2042; maria.thacker@gabio.org). 
Media contact:  Maria Thacker, 404-920-2042 / maria.thacker@gabio.org 

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