Bioscience leaders were among those honored by the Arizona Technology Council, in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards on Nov. 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The Small Company Innovator of the Year is SynCardia Systems Inc. of Tucson, maker of the Total Artificial Heart, the world’s only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved artificial heart.
The Academia Innovator of the Year is Arizona State University Image Processing, a developer of a cloud-based computer simulation platform that allows live modeling of individual patient data, facilitating for the first time a patient-specific pre-treatment plan for endovascular treatments.
The William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year honor went to Harry George of Solstice Capital in Tucson, a leader in Arizona’s bioscience venture capital community.
The Teacher of the Year is Dr. Andrew Lettes, who has taught Pueblo High School’s Bioscience Program for the past six years. During this time, the program has grown from 17 to 128 students.
For more information:
“Arizona Technology Council names winners at Governor’s Celebration of Innovation,” Phoenix Business Journal, 11/14/14
“Governor’s innovation awards presented Thursday night,” Arizona Republic, 11/13/14