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.
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Excellence in Surface Science Award
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 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 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 recipients of the award include:
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
2013 Award winner Robert Diller, Northern Arizona University Biological Sciences
The 2014 award winner will be presented at the BioInterface Symposium, October 6-8, 2014.
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.