The Watanabe Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a signature contribution to the growth of the state's life sciences sector through innovation and unparalleled achievement, and who personifies the emerging face of Indiana's life sciences industry.
Also at today's conference, Anne Shane, a longtime community leader and one of the original organizers of the collaboration that ultimately became BioCrossroads, received the first BioCrossroads Catalyst Award. The BioCrossroads Catalyst Award honors an individual who has been an accelerator and activator in Indiana's life sciences industry -- one who has helped to bring the sector together, and further helped to sustain it through targeted, strategic and collaborative energy and efforts.
In February 2012, BioCrossroads will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Shane played a pivotal role in the original organization of the initiative, gathering critical support from leaders across the public and private sectors as well as from academia and the scientific community. Later at BioCrossroads, Shane's efforts focused particularly on developing science and mathematics education programs offering the promise to prepare Indiana's next generation with the skills required to work and advance in some of the state's best and highest paying jobs. In this role, Shane spearheaded the formation of the Indiana Science, Technology, Engineerin
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