Biologist Larry Gold, an internationally regarded DNA and RNA researcher, co-founded Synergen in 1981, when biotechnology was still an emerging field. In 1992, he founded NeXagen, now part of Gilead Sciences, which develops treatments for infectious disease. And in 2000, he founded SomaLogic with the goal of transforming how diseases are detected and diagnosed.
Ryan Gill, founder of Inscripta, has launched multiple successful technology startups. Gill was a key inventor of Inscripta's foundational technology, which enables rapid exploration of the genetic landscape at the whole genome scale, unlocking every cell’s fullest potential.
Tin Tin Su’s innovative work with fruit flies led to the patenting of a compound that keeps radiation-treated cancer cells from re-growing. Her startup, SuviCa, develops cancer therapeutics that exploit a cellular mechanism critical to cancer re-growth after treatment with standard therapies.
Linda Watkins strives to understand how to control pathological pain states. Her work has yielded 300-plus peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature, Science and Journal of Neuroscience. A co-founder of Xalud Therapeutics, she is a world-renowned authority on the neurological applications of glial attenuation, focusing on alleviating chronic pain.
John Liebeskind Pain Management Research Award (2010)