BIO awards two prestigious leadership and innovation awards to be presented during BIO IMPACT Digital. Award winners are industry visionaries, exhibit leadership qualities, and have pioneered efforts in industrial or agricultural biotechnology.
This award will emphasize the important goal of using biotech innovation to develop sustainable biobased value-chains and remarkable accomplishments that have helped advance the biobased economy and industrial sustainability.
The George Washington Carver Award was created to recognize significant contributions by individuals in the fields of industrial biotechnology and agriculture, and applications in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and biobased products. This award will emphasize the important goal of using biotech innovation to develop sustainable biobased value-chains. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal in the private sector, government or academia, this award will serve as a lasting memorial to the original vision of George Washington Carver who, over a century ago, pioneered the creation and commercialization of sustainable biobased products and materials and energy derived from renewable agricultural feedstock.
This award will be presented to a pioneering woman in the environment and agriculture sectors who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy. They will be leading the industry in business, biological engineering, bioinformatics, biochemistry, enzyme development, biobased products, economics and education.
Just as Rosalind Franklin paved the way for women in the biotechnology field, the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award will be presented to a pioneering woman in the industrial biotechnology and agriculture sectors who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The Rosalind Franklin Award will stand as a lasting memory to the legacy left by Rosalind Franklin, who was instrumental in the discovery and our greater understanding of the molecular structure of DNA, by honoring those women who too have made significant contributions in industrial biotechnology and agriculture. Through Rosalind Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images, the true double helix structure of DNA was discovered. Indeed, it was with the help of Franklin’s images and writings that eventually led Francis Crick and James Watson to release their 1953 model of the structure of DNA. Though often overlooked, Rosalind Franklin’s critical work and discovery in the field has allowed the expansive growth of the biotechnology industry to become what it is today. As said by John Desmond Bernal, a fellow X-ray crystallographer, of Franklin’s crystallographic portraits of DNA, “Her photographs were among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken.”
With this award we hope to not only honor Rosalind Franklin’s legacy, but honor those women who have also shown exemplary leadership and led the way through previously uncharted territory.
Nominations closed on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
A selection committee will review the nominations and announce the award recipient in August. Recipient will accept the award during a Fireside Chat during the BIO IMPACT Digital.