AIChE Lauds 3M, BASF And Biogen At Innovation Awards Gala

Dec. 12, 2016
Event also Honors Hoover Medal recipient and biotech pioneer Robert Langer of MIT.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) honors 3M, BASF and Biogen, along with the companies’ leaders, for exemplary achievements in innovation at an awards gala held in New York City on Monday, November 28.

3M and the company’s chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, Inge G. Thulin, were recognized for innovation that applies science to meet consumer and business needs. BASF Corporation, represented at the gala by Teressa Szelest, president of market and business development North America, was saluted for innovation that creates chemistry to enhance everyday life. Biogen, represented by George A. Scangos, chief executive officer, was honored for innovations that lead to transformative treatments for patients.

The gala also celebrated the work of biotechnology pioneer Robert S. Langer, who received the 2015 Hoover Medal, a prize sponsored by U.S. engineering societies and given to an engineer whose professional achievements and personal endeavors have reportedly advanced the well-being of humankind. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is renowned for his accomplishments in drug delivery and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine, according to AIChE.

According to AIChE Executive Director June C. Wispelwey, the gala raised nearly $400,000 to support AIChE’s programs to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship among chemical engineering students and professionals. The gala supports the initiatives of the AIChE Foundation and its Doing a World of Good campaign, and will fund the international growth of AIChE’s undergraduate Chem-E-Car Competition, a “futures” program for high-achieving young researchers, and the development of a new program that fosters manufacturing innovation through modular chemical process intensification.

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