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Georgia Bio Announces Phoenix Award Recipient, Forge

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Thacker
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ATLANTA, GA (December 16, 2014) -- Georgia Bio, in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, today announced Forge as the 2015 Phoenix Award recipient for championing education, innovation and growth in the bioscience industry in Georgia. The organization will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner on January 22, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fox Theatre Atlanta.

Forge is a non-profit organization that powers Atlanta’s healthcare startup community by building relationships, identifying unmet needs and helping founders build transformative healthcare solutions. Forge is supported by sponsors including academic institutions, foundations, investment firms, and other companies. Through its salons, bootcamps, and hackathons, Forge catalyzes a culture of innovation in healthcare.

“The bioscience industry is a vital economic sector in our region,” said David Hartnett, vice president, Economic Development, Industry Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “The work of organizations like Forge is leading the way in advancing the industry and creating jobs.”

The Phoenix Awards are presented annually by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience-Health IT Leadership Council and Georgia Bio to recognize organizations for being on the frontlines of education and innovation as well as their outstanding contributions to the growth of the state’s bioscience industry. The award represent the iconic “rising from the ashes” of the Phoenix — a symbol of strength, tenacity and leadership.

Now in its 17th year, the Georgia Bio annual awards dinner brings together industry leaders to advance the growth of the life sciences industry and foster strategic partnerships that can create a healthier world. The life sciences industry and university research together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have a $20 billion annual economic impact in Georgia and employ more than 94,000 people. Other leading companies, executives, researchers and dedicated individuals will receive Georgia Bio Awards at the dinner. Learn more at

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

About Georgia Bio
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 (

About the Metro Atlanta Chamber  
Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help metro Atlanta thrive. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC's Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years.

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