Awards & Nominations
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Each year the surfaces in biomaterials foundation bestows awards upon two applicants who have shown considerable effort in the Surface Science field. In keeping with the Foundation's commitment to advancing education as well as industry, one of these awards is given to the student with the best poster submitted and presented at BioInterface each year.

The Foundation also gives an award to one person who has demonstrated excellence in the surface science industry. The winner is notified before BioInterface and is invited to speak about the advancements made at the symposium.

If you would like to nominate someone for an Excellence in Surface Science Award, please contact Robert Kellar.


Excellence in Surface Science Award

2016 Winner: Antonios G. Mikos

Antonios G. Mikos 2016 winnerAntonios G. Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. His research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, and as non-viral vectors for gene therapy. His work has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials. Mikos is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Controlled Release Society, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has been recognized by various awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas, the Founders Award of the Society For Biomaterials, and the Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

2015 Winner: Gail Naughton

Dr. Gail Naughton founded Histogen, Inc. in 2007, and currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Company. She has spent more than 30 years extensively researching the tissue engineering process, holds more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents, and has been extensively published in the field.

During her tenure at Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she was the company's co-founder and co-inventor of its core technology, Dr. Naughton oversaw the design and development of the world's first up-scaled manufacturing facility for tissue engineered products, established corporate development and marketing partnerships with companies including Smith & Nephew, Ltd., Medtronic and Inamed Corporation, was pivotal in raising over $350M from the public market and corporate partnerships, and brought four human cell-based products from concept through FDA approval and market launch.

In addition to this work, Dr. Naughton served as Dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University from 2002 until 2011, where she helped to make SDSU the first campus in the nation to found a Ph.D./MBA in life sciences. In 2000, Dr. Naughton received the National Inventor of the Year award by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in honor of her pioneering work in the field of tissue engineering. She sits on the Board of directors of the CR Bard (NYSE: BCR) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, as well as in the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech, the Ackerman Foundation, Perminova and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine.

2014 Winner: Thomas J. Fogarty

Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty is an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur, and vintner. He has been involved with a wide spectrum of innovations in business and technology. Dr. Fogarty has served as founder/co-founder, and Chairman/Board Member of over 33 various business and research companies, based on medical devices designed and developed by Fogarty Engineering, Inc. During the past 40 years, he has acquired 135 surgical patents, including the “industry standard” Fogarty balloon catheter and the widely used Aneurx Stent Graft that replaces open surgery aortic aneurysm. Dr. Fogarty has received countless awards and honors; most significantly, he is the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons and the 2000 Lemelson-MIT prize for Invention and Innovation, and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering.

Recently, Dr. Fogarty and his colleagues founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation at El Camino Hospital. The purpose of the Institute is to create an environment where innovation in medicine is encouraged, supported, and nurtured. Dr. Fogarty received his undergraduate education at Xavier University in Ohio and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Oregon and later served as Medical Staff President at Stanford Medical Center, 1973-1975. After 13 years directing the Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, California, he returned to academic life at Stanford University School of Medicine in July 1993 as Professor of Surgery. Dr. Fogarty now spends his time creating new medical devices with Fogarty Engineering and the Institute for Innovation.

This award honors an outstanding researcher for significant contributions to surface science at the biointerface or an entrepreneur for practical application of surface science in the development of medical devices. The winner will present his or her work at the symposium Awards session.

2013 Winner: David Grainger

David Grainger 2013 winnerDavid W. Grainger is a University Distinguished Professor, the inaugural George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Department Chair in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He is also a full Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Grainger received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1987 studying blood-compatible polymers. He then received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to perform postdoctoral research under Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf, University of Mainz, Germany. This training initiated over 25 years of experience with various aspects of developing “materials in medicine”. Grainger’s research expertise is focused on improving implanted medical device performance, drug delivery of new therapeutic proteins, nucleic acids and live vaccines, nanomaterials interactions with human tissues, low-infection biomaterials, and innovating diagnostic devices based on DNA and protein biomarker capture. Additionally, he is an expert in applications of surface analytical methods to biomedical interfaces, including analytical methods development for difficult organic surface patterns and nanomaterials, and also internationally recognized as an expert in perfluorinated thin films and biomaterials.

Grainger has published more than 160 full research papers and 21 book chapters at the interface of materials innovation in medicine and biotechnology, and novel surface chemistry. He has won several research awards, including the 2013 Excellence in Surface Science Award from the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, the prestigious 2007 Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials, and the 2005 American Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association’s award for “Excellence in Pharmaceutics”. He won a short-term visiting professorship in Tokyo from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and a CNRS Visiting Professorship in Paris, France. He has also received several teaching awards for outstanding mentoring and teaching service, including the University of Utah 2010 Distinguished Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Mentoring Award, the US West/Qwest Faculty Education Excellence Award (Colorado State University, 2000), Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences “Undergraduate Teacher of the Year”, 2000, Colorado State University Alumni Association “Teacher of the Year”, 2002, and several “Favorite Faculty” Awards from CSU Undergraduate Student Associations. Grainger delivered the EU Madame Curie guest lectures at the Technical University-Aachen, Germany in 2009 and the 15th Annual Fritz Straumann lecture, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, December, 2008.

2012 Winner: Marcus Textor

Marcus Textor 2012 winnerMarcus Textor is a professor emeritus of ETH Zurich. He studied chemistry at the University of Zurich. Receiving a fellowship of the Royal Society, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Molecular Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. Research covered the preparation and characterization of single crystal surfaces, and the monitoring of catalytic model reactions at these surfaces in vacuo. In 1978 he took up an industrial position at Alusuisse R&D Laboratories, Switzerland, finally with world-wide R&D responsibilities for materials and surface aspects in the application of aluminium and composites for the industrial, automotive and packaging sectors. In 1994 he joined ETH Zurich, Department of Materials and established a research group and teaching program in the area of surfaces and interfaces of light metals and biointerfaces. His main interests in the last decade cover both fundamental, quantitative aspects in the behaviour of materials in contact with biological milieus and the design of surfaces that elicit biospecific responses on the level of proteins, cells/bacteria and tissue. His research activities aimed at developments for the field of biosensors, novel cell culture platforms, biomaterials/ medical devices, functional nanoparticles and smart carriers for drug delivery and medical imaging. He is a member of several international societies and received in 2006 an Award of The AVS Biomaterials Interface Division for substantial contributions to the field of Surfaces in Biotechnology. He has supervised 42 Ph.D. and 91 diploma/master theses and (co)-chaired 20 international conferences in the area of biomaterials, biotechnology and life sciences.

Past Award Recipients

  • Gail Naughton – 2015
  • Thomas J. Fogarty – 2014
  • David Grainger – 2013
  • Marcus Textor – 2012
  • Nicholas A. Peppas – 2011
  • David F. WIlliams – 2010
  • Gabor Somorjai – 2009
  • Ken Stokes – 2008
  • Al Mann – 2007
  • Robert Ward – 2006
  • Jack Bokros – 2005
  • Julio Palmaz – 2004
  • David Castner – 2003
  • J. William Costerton – 2002
  • Stuart K. Williams – 2001
  • James Anderson – 2000
  • George Whitesides -– 1999
  • Richard VanDuyne – 1996
  • Joseph Andrade – 1995
  • Buddy Ratner – 1991

Student Excellence Award

2015 Award winner Marziya Hasan, Texas A&M University

The award includes recognition and a $1,000 cash award.

In order to qualify for the award, the applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student. A poster presentation must be made by the student on the work at the Annual Symposium. The posters will be judged by the Poster Award Committee. The winner will present the work as part of the Awards Session during the Symposium.

Past recipients of the award include:

  • Marziya Hasan – 2015
  • Todd Landsmann – 2014
  • Robert Diller – 2013
  • Niall Maloney - 2012
  • Joshua McCall - 2011
  • Rolando A. Gittens - 2010
  • Colby James - 2009
  • Zeeshan Syedain – 2008
  • Karin Straley – 2007
  • Brian Murphy – 2006
  • Chi-Ying Lee – 2005
  • Chantelle Hughes, Xingyu Jiang – 2004
  • Lingyun Liu – 2003
  • Kameha Kidd – 2001
  • Eric Ross – 2000
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