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Accolades and Honors
Robert Linhardt, the Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering, is part of the Heparin Advisory Panel, which has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the USP Award for an Innovative Response to a Public Health Challenge by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The Heparin Advisory Panel, which was formed in 2006 to focus on development of a new potency assay, was selected “for its swift revision of the Heparin Sodium, Heparin Calcium, and Heparin Sodium Injection monographs in response to the Heparin adulteration crisis of 2007-2008; for its associated Stage Two revisions of Heparin and other heparin related monographs in October 2009; and the introduction of five new USP Reference Standards to support these revisions. The award recipients represent the best in USP, with the work of both groups clearly illustrating the important role that standards for medicines and ingredients play in safeguarding health,” said Roger Williams, M.D., chief executive officer of USP and chair of the USP Council of Experts. “Whether working against the clock to respond to an episode of economic adulteration that was putting lives at risk, advancing new standards to limit the presence of potentially toxic impurities in products and ingredients, or meeting a host of other challenges, USP’s volunteers work tirelessly to address quality issues in medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients for the benefit of patients and consumers.”

Deanna Thompson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 49 researchers at 16 institutions across New York state who have been selected to receive New York state funding to support stem cell research. Thompson, a 2005 NYSTAR Watson Investigator Program award winner, was selected to be awarded $308,780 for innovative, developmental, or exploratory activities. “New York’s investment in stem cell research is invigorating New York’s economy in the biomedical research and biotechnology sectors,” said Governor David Paterson. “This investment is also advancing research that holds the hope of new therapies to treat devastating diseases and conditions. As a result, New York will be healthier and stronger economically.” Thompson’s lab “quantitatively and mechanistically examines the complex microenvironment of the injured nervous system.”

Michael Wacholder, director of the Rensselaer Technology Park, has been chosen to receive the Technology Mentor Award from the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) at the 14th Annual Technology Awards luncheon June 2. The award honors individuals who have shaped the technology community through championing the vision of Tech Valley as well as by offering their time, expertise, and knowledge networks in support of individual technology companies. According to CEG, “Seldom have there been individuals in the pursuit of technological entrepreneurship in our region who have not found their way to the doorstep of Mike Wacholder. Mike has been at the heart of creating the necessary resources to support the creation of new companies leveraging the technological strengths of Tech Valley for the past 30 years. His groundbreaking work in both creating and leading our nation’s first university-based incubator, as part of a larger vision to accelerate the growth of technology-based businesses in our region, had placed him in a position early on for making an impact with those new businesses. Through his efforts, a number of companies have come into being and are making an impact in our region today. Regional companies such as MapInfo, Vicarious Visions, Plug Power, GlobalSpec (to name only a few) all have one thing in common — those individuals involved in their creation have a personal mentee relationship with Mike.”

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 9, May 14, 2010
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