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Each year Georgia Bio recognizes achievement and honors excellence in the life sciences industry in Georgia, as it brings together nearly 300 of the state's life sciences industry leaders. The Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the contribution and achievements of Georgia, a moment to pause a reflect on the industry's legacy. 

The 2017 Georgia Bio Awards Dinner will take place Thursday, January 26, 2017  at 6:00pm at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.


2017 Awards nominations

The nomination period for the 2017 awards is now CLOSED. If you have any questions please email


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships for the Awards Dinner are available. Click here to view the prospectus.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 dinner please contact Maria at

Committee Members

Bob McNally, GeoVax (Chair)
Heather Creran, MicroBplex
David Harnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Lee Herron, GRA
Russ Medford, SalutraMed Group
Chris McKinney, GRU
Stefan Schulze. UGA
Richard Otto, Impact Cryotherapy

Award Categories & 2017 Winners

Deals of the Year
The Deal of the Year awards recognize transactions by life sciences companies such as financings, partnering agreements and government grants that are significant to the development of Georgia’s life sciences industry.

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Axion BioSystems, Inc.
Clearside Biomedical, Inc.
CryoLife, Inc.

Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award
The Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award, honors people in the public and private sectors who make extraordinary contributions to the life sciences industry.

Tiffany Wilson
Global Center for Medical Innovation

Steven L. Stice, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Phoenix Award
The Phoenix award represents the iconic "rising from the ashes" of the Phoenix, a symbol of strength, tenacity and leadership and is presented to celebrate the best Industry and Academics collaboration.  The two Georgia honorees will have forged academic and industry relationships that will drive translation and lead to new treatments and cures.

National Cell Manufacturing Consortium

Innovation Award
Georgia Innovation Award honors the department, institution, company or individuals who are forging new ground by thinking outside traditional paradigms to create some unique technology.

Latha Ganeshan
CEO and Founder, Zywie

Robert Ivarie Ph.D., B.S.
University of Georgia/Synageva

Matthew Lyon
Augusta University

David Munn, M.D.
Augusta University

Georgia Bio Community Award
The Georgia Bio Community Award recognizes individuals, companies or institutions for significant contributions to Georgia’s life sciences industry with its Georgia Bio Community Awards. 

Rafael V. Andino
Clearside Biomedical

Derek Eberhart, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Abel De La Rosa, Ph.D.
Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory & The Emory Institute for Drug Development

Georgia Power

UGA Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Legislator of the Year
The Georgia Bio Legislator of the Year Award recognizes legislators for their support of the life sciences industry in Georgia.

coming soon

Emerging Leader of the Year
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.

Christine Hang
Flow MedTech, Inc.

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
JPen Communications

Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year award recognizes excellence in STEM teaching and support for the biotechnology pathway, part of Georgia’s Career Clusters, by a current high school biotechnology teacher.

Marc Pedersen, Ed.S.
Paulding County High School - Dallas, GA

Click Here for a list of previous award winners.
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