The Georgia Biomedical Partnership will bestow its top honor on Michael M.E. Johns, MD, executive vice president for health affairs of Emory University, chief executive officer of Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of Emory Healthcare. The Partnership will honor Dr. Johns with the 2005 Biomedical Industry Growth Award at its awards ceremony on January 19. The award recognizes Dr. Johns' significant contributions to the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia.
The Georgia Biomedical Partnership is a network of research institutions, government and biotechnology corporations, founded in 1989 with the mission to grow the life sciences industry in Georgia.
Dr. Johns will receive the award for his contributions to Georgia's life sciences industry from the public sector. David A. Dodd, president and chief executive officer of Serologicals Corporation, will receive the award for his contributions from the private sector. The Partnership announced two award categories, recognizing that the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia has been heavily dependent on significant contributions from individuals in both sectors, and on the continuing vitality of public-private partnerships.
Dr. Johns is recognized as the major force behind the exemplary and ever-increasing commitment of Emory University to the growth of life sciences research and commercialization in Georgia. Since coming to Emory in 1996, Dr. Johns has overseen the more than doubling of life sciences research at Emory. During fiscal year 2004 Emory University led the state's research institutions by attracting more than $351 million in external sponsored research funding.
Dr. Johns also has overseen a significant increase in research, clinical and educational space, faculty and staff; the establishment, with Georgia Tech, of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and EmTech Bio business incubator; and the spinning out of over 25 start-up companies to commercialize Emory-sponsored technology. He also has served as the Chair of the Biosciences Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Restructuring Committee of the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
In recognizing Dr. Johns' contributions, the Partnership Awards Committee noted: "As a result of his vision and dedication, Emory University has become one of the state's largest employers of life sciences workers, an internationally recognized center for life sciences research, and a model for building partnerships between public and private universities, benefiting the State of Georgia well beyond the boundaries of the Emory campus."
Past recipients of the Biomedical Industry Growth Award include Governor Roy Barnes; William Todd, director of the Georgia Cancer Coalition; Robert Nerem, director of Georgia Tech's Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience; Parker H. "Pete" Petit, chairman of Matria Healthcare Inc.; Emory scientific entrepreneurs Dennis Liotta and Raymond Schinazi; and Robert McNally, co-founder of Georgia companies CryoLife, Inc. and Cell Dynamics LLC.