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Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture

Each year this award is given to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. This year the award winner will join Brent Erickson on Wednesday's lunch plenary to discuss how industrial biotech has changed over the last 15 years, and highlight promising opportunities for growth in the future.

Past Award Recipients: 

  • Vonnie Estes, Independent Consultant 
  • Anna Rath, President & CEO, Nexsteppe, Inc.
  • Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
  • Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Novozymes 

George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture

Just as George Washington Carver exhibited vision, creativity and persistence, nominees should exhibit traits of innovation and pioneering efforts in the field of industrial biotechnology. This award was created to recognize significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining, and biobased products. 

Past Award Recipients:

  • Jeff Broin, Chairman & CEO, POET
  • Dr. J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder of Synthetic Genomics and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity
  • Jonathan Wolfson, CEO & Co-Founder, Solazyme
  • Ellen Kullman, CEO & Chair of the Board, DuPont - View her acceptance speech here
  • Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr.Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley 
  • Steen Riisgaard, President and CEO of Novozymes
  • Feike Sijbesma, CEO, DSM
  • Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos,  Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
  • Charles O. Holliday, Jr.,  CEO & Chair of the Board, DuPont
  • Patrick Gruber, CEO, Gevo, Inc

BIO Leadership and Legacy Award in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture

This award is presented to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership and who has dedicated a significant portion of their career to advancing industrial biotechnology and growing the biobased economy.

Past Award Recipients:

  • Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
  • Dr. Ganesh Kishore, Managing Partner, Spruce Capital Partners