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2024 August "Gus" M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award

Honoring excellence in Indiana's life sciences ecosystem

2024 Call for Nominations

The August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award, presented by BioCrossroads, is a testament to innovative spirit and enduring impact with the life sciences ecosystem. Established in honor of BioCrossroads’ late chairman, Dr. August “Gus” M. Watanabe, an esteemed and transformative figure in Indiana’s life sciences community, this award recognizes influential individuals who are making meaningful differences across the sector through discovery, invention, therapies, cures, developing companies, and job creation.

Recognition is based on an assessment of cumulative contributions, not on a specific achievement over the course of a year. Nominees may come from various backgrounds, including entrepreneurial, research, corporate, medical, academic, or philanthropic fields.

We invite you to nominate an individual who embodies the pioneering spirit of Dr. August 'Gus' M. Watanabe.

Nomination criteria:

  1. Eligibility Criteria: Review the qualifications to ensure your nominee stands out as a deserving candidate.
  2. Submission Guidelines: Complete the nomination form, detailing the nominee's contributions to research, innovation, and the growth of Indiana's life sciences sector.
  3. Supporting Documents: Attach any relevant documents or endorsements that highlight the nominee's achievements and influence. i.e., current curriculum vitae, resume, research and other published works, and/or associated documentation

Nominee eligibility requirements:

BioCrossroads’ August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year awards an individual who has made significant achievements in the development, education, and promotion of Indiana’s life sciences/healthcare sector; personifies the emerging face of the Indiana life sciences industry; and promotes innovative development of the life sciences that have made both a local and global impact.

  • Be actively involved in Indiana's life sciences community, representing a life sciences establishment within the industry and/or academia, with significant operations in the state
  • Have extensive experience working to support Indiana’s life sciences via corporate, academic, entrepreneurial, philanthropic, clinical, and/or research work
  • Has made a significant contribution to development and/or promotion of Indiana’s life sciences industry*

*Judging will be based on assessments of cumulative contribution, as well as specific achievements over the course of the past year.

Presentation:

The August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award is presented annually at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit. The 2024 Indiana Life Sciences Summit will take place November 7, 2024.

For more information about the award, past recipients, and the nomination process, please contact Amanda Decker at adecker@biocrossroads.com.

Submit your nomination

BioCrossroads’ August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year awards an individual who has made significant achievements in the development, education, and promotion of Indiana’s life sciences/healthcare sector; personifies the emerging face of the Indiana life sciences industry; and promotes innovative development of the life sciences that have made both a local and global impact.

Submission deadline: The deadline for all nomination materials is July 31, 2024.

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