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2008 R&D Innovator of the Year & Scientist of the Year Finalists Announced

Winners of 2008 R&D 100 Awards Now Online

ROCKAWAY, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- R&D Magazine has announced the finalists for the 8th Annual Innovator of the Year and 43rd Annual Scientist of the Year awards, which recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of R&D in academia, industry, and nationally sponsored research. This year, the nomination process was facilitated online with ten finalists -- five scientists and five innovators -- chosen by the magazine's readers. The finalists must now be put to a vote for the two winners, who will be announced at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet at Navy Pier, Chicago, on Oct. 16. All are encouraged to vote at:

Scientist of the Year

The qualifying individual has, in the course of his/her profession, substantially advanced the pursuit of the science, even changing the way science itself is done. Past winners include J. Craig Venter, Stephen Wolfram, and Tim Berners-Lee. 2008 finalists are:

-- Elizabeth Blackburn, professor, Univ. of California San Francisco

-- Robert Langer, institute professor, Massachusetts Institute of


-- Amory Lovins, co-founder, chairman and chief scientist, Rocky Mountain


-- Mario Paniccia, Intel fellow, Corporate Technology Group, and director,

Photonics Technology Lab, Intel Corp.

-- N. Ranganathan, principal founder and senior vice president (R&D),

Kibow Biotech Inc.

Innovator of the Year

The qualifying individual is one who demonstrates excellence and creativity in the recent design, development, and introduction into the marketplace of one or more technologically significant products. Leadership in this process is also a prerequisite. Past winners include Larry Page, Burt Rutan, and Dean Kamen. 2008 finalists are:

-- Randy Cortright, founder and chief technology officer, Virent Energy


-- Hans van Leeuwen, founder, MycoInnovations; professor, Iowa State Univ.

-- James A. Mawhirt, senior staff engineer, International Technidyne Corp.

-- Cameron Piron, founder and president, Sentinelle Medical Inc.

-- Henry Weinberg, founder chief technology officer, Symyx

R&D 100 Award winners online

An in-depth look at the winners of the R&D 100 Awards, announced in July, has been collected in the September 2008 issue of R&D Magazine, and is also being presented on R&D Magazine's website in advance of the annual R&D 100 Awards event. Browse the 100 standout innovations in the field of research and development from 2007 at

About R&D Magazine

Since its founding in 1959 as Industrial Research, R&D Magazine has served research scientists, engineers and technical staff at laboratories around the world, providing timely, informative news and useful technical articles that broaden readers' knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work. R&D Magazine is a publication of Advantage Business Media ( and has an audited monthly circulation of over 80,000 readers.


Paul Livingstone, R&D Magazine

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