The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), recognized the significant contributions of women in industrial biotechnology and in 2011 created the Women in Industrial Biotechnology group. This group congregates bi-annually to network and hear from industry leading speakers on topics that are relevant to this growing sector. Today, BIO is proud to announce the creation of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California. The Award will honor the unique achievements of Rosalind Franklin, her contributions to the field of biotechnology and will recognize the achievements of women currently excelling in the industrial biotechnology space. A renowned chemist, Rosalind Franklin was instrumental in the discovery and our greater understanding of the molecular structure of DNA.  By creating this award, BIO aims to honor those women who too have made significant contributions in industrial biotechnology.  Just as Rosalind Franklin paved the way for women in the biotechnology field, the Rosalind Franklin award will be presented to a pioneering woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. Nominees should be visionaries, exhibit leadership qualities, and have pioneered efforts in industrial biotechnology and related fields, just as Rosalind Franklin did. Applicants should demonstrate significant innovative contributions in a field integral to the advancement of a biobased economy in either industry or academia. Please click here to download the nomination form:
BIO will accept nominations through October 16, 2014, the winner will be announced on November 3 and the award will be presented on December 8 at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego.