Biotech Humanitarian Award and Nomination

What is the Biotech Humanitarian Award?

Paul Offit

2011 Winner Dr. Paul Offit

The Biotech Humanitarian Award is given to an individual who has improved the world by significantly reducing human suffering or enhancing the human experience, by applying the science of biotechnology to heal, feed or fuel the planet.

A qualified nominee is any professional in the field of biotechnology including scientists, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, financiers, philanthropists, educators and others who have contributed significantly to humanity.

The Biotech Humanitarian Award Honoree will be awarded $10,000 to further their work.

Who will win the Biotech Humanitarian Award?

The recipient of the Biotech Humanitarian Award will be someone who has produced a tangible result in one of the many fields that fall under the biotechnology umbrella.  The recipient must have developed a technique or innovation that has benefited society; for example, helping patients who use a specific therapy, developing a new industrial application that reduces pollution, advancing previously-stalled biotech research, opening new channels of biotech research, distribution or financing, etc.

Nominating Process

Nominations are open to the public, and individuals can self-nominate.  In order to be considered for the Biotech Humanitarian Award, an individual must be nominated via the online application form below.  All nominations must be submitted by Midnight ET, April 13, 2012.

Additional information may be requested of a nominee after their application has been submitted.


The Honoree will be recognized at the BIO International Convention to be held in Boston, MA, June 18-21, 2011.  In the selection of finalists, judges will make every effort to recognize the diversity of sectors that comprise biotechnology.

BIO Board members are not eligible for the award.