Wake Forest Innovations presented its Innovation Award to Anthony Atala, MD, on February 6 for his breakthrough work in regenerative medicine and leadership as director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Atala, the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is a world-renowned researcher and recipient of many awards and honors, including the U.S. Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society.
The award was presented to Dr Atala by Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD, chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in recognition of Atala’s important contributions in the fields of urology and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Atala heads a team of over 300 physicians and researchers. Scientists are working on regenerative therapies for more than 30 different parts of the body. In 2003 he was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. Dr. Atala’s work was listed as Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year and as Discover Magazine’s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the field of medicine in 2007. In 2009 Dr. Atala was featured in U.S. News & World Report as one of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century, and his work in 2010 was listed by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of 40 things to know about the next 40 years. Dr. Atala’s work was listed in the Huffington Post as one of 18 great ideas of 2011, in Time Magazine as one of the top 5 medical breakthroughs of the year in 2011, by the American Association of Retired Persons as one of the 50 influential people who will make life better in 2012, and by Time Magazine as one of 5 discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants in 2013.
Innovation Awards are presented to outstanding innovators in our community and are recognized at each Innovation Quarter Network Night, an event held every 3 months that offers Innovation Quarter tenants and the surrounding community the chance to network and interact in an informal setting. Sign up to receive invitations to these and other events in the Innovation Quarter.