Meet the 2013 Stem Cell Action Award Winners


The Genetics Policy Institute, a Research!America member, will honor the 2013 winners of its Stem Cell Action Awards at the World Stem Cell Summit, which runs December 4-6 in San Diego.

The Leadership Award will be given to successful businessmen and noted philanthropists Denny Sanford and Malin Burnham. They are honorary trustees of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, of course, but their philanthropy extends far beyond that one institution.

The National Advocacy Award will be given to stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis. Knoepfler’€™s blog is a crucial resource for stem cell science and advocacy. (Research!America won the National Advocacy Award in 2011.)

The Education Award will be given to Mary Ann Leibert, president and CEO of the Mary Ann Leibert, Inc., which publishes more than 100 peer-reviewed journals in science and biomedical research. The company’€™s flagship publication, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), began in 1980 and is now recognized as an industry leader.

The Inspiration Award will be given to Roman Reed, whose story has helped raise more than $100 million for stem cell and neurological research. Paralyzed while playing college football in 1994, Reed started his own foundation and became instrumental in stem cell policy and research across the country.

’€œThe work done by this year’€™s honorees has directly advanced stem cell research through research, funding and advocacy. They are passionate about making change and we are proud to honor their achievements,’€ said Bernard Siegel, JD, executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute. ’€œThese five honorees are sharing knowledge, building infrastructure and supporting the research needed to find cures and alleviate human suffering.’€

Click here to learn more about the 2013 World Stem Cell Summit.

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