BIOtechNOW’s Tracy Cooley talks to Dr. Jones about the significance and importance of the Biotech Humanitarian Award , which will be bestowed on this year’s award winner at the BIO International Convention during a keynote session on Wednesday, June 29. The Award will be given to an individual who, through their work in or support of biotechnology, is harnessing its potential to heal, fuel or feed the planet. The Humanitarian Award honors work that aims to reduce human suffering significantly or enhance the human experience in a way that has a clear and direct benefit to society. Additional consideration will be given to approaches that are at a turning point and may potentially have immeasurable influence.
2010 Honoree: Robert Klein, chairman of the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
2009 Honoree: Dr. Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkley and acting Deputy Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory