Mount Sinai Innovation Awards

On Monday, October 26, 2015, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners sponsored the first ever Mount Sinai Innovation Awards Ceremony, celebrating five new honors that recognize significant contributions in biomedical education and industry.

Through the dedication of presenters, participants, attendees, and our generous sponsors, SINAInnovations and the Innovation Awards will continue to showcase and inspire incredible ingenuity and advances in research, technology, medicine, and health care.

Event Presenters: Scott L. Friedman, MD, Lakshmi Devi, PhD, Basil Hanss, PhD, and Erik Lium, PhD

Event Sponsors: SINAInnovations; Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP); and Office of Academic Development & Enrichment (OADE)

Mount Sinai Inventor of the Year Award

The Mount Sinai Inventor of the Year Award has been created to recognize individual or collaborative investigators in the Mount Sinai Health System whose research is making, or has the potential to make, significant positive and product-driven impacts on health.

Winners: Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, and Peter Palese, PhD

Faculty Idea Prize 

The Faculty Idea Prize is designed to highlight a collaborative, innovative, research idea by young investigators that can potentially be translated into a marketable product. The results of the collaborative project idea should go beyond what is possible through individual PI-driven research, and should enable launching of a multidisciplinary project that can create value through the development of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, or digital health applications.

Winners: Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, and Hirofumi Morishita, MD, PhD

Quod Erat Demonstrandum (Q.E.D.) Special Recognition Award

Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life Sciences Network (KiiLN) is an accelerator dedicated to helping early-stage biotech companies. It is a winner of the 2015 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

Winners: Gabriella Casalena, PhD, Ilse Daehn, PhD, Nicole C. McKnight, PhD, Merina Varghese, PhD, and Yana Zorina, PhD

Quod Erat Demonstrandum (Q.E.D.) Award

NovoCount’s focus is on the development of microfluidic technologies to better meet the need for at-home health testing.

Winners: Susana Bardina, BA, Thomas Gardner, BS, Kathryn Harper, BS, Priya Luthra, PhD, and Bridget Matikainen-Ankney, MS, BEng

4D Technology Development Program Award

The 4D Technology Development Program is focused on supporting faculty and post-doc technology development at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to effectively and efficiently move new technologies through a process of discovery, design, development, and delivery.

Winners: Juan Pedraza, MD, and Jeffrey Newcorn, MD

Premier Sponsor: Jones Day

As one of few global firms with a full-service IP Practice, and operating as One Firm Worldwide, Jones Day provides clients with access to IP lawyers in the United States, Europe, and Asia who are experienced in litigation, prosecution, licensing and technology transfer, and IP counseling.