Updated on 18 March 2013
"George's reputation, his ability to attract and lead quality scientists in the field and his ability to assemble a tangible vision of success in imaging technologies is remarkable. We all wish him continuing success and appreciate his contribution to science in Singapore," said Mr Leigh Berryman, CEO, Maccine, Singapore.
Dr Deborah Rathjen, CEO & MD, Bionomics, an Australian company, has been named the BioSpectrum Asia Pacific Person of the Year 2013. Steering Bionomics' focus towards large markets where there is a defined clinical need for new treatments, Dr Rathjen helped it gain global recognition for its multiple drug candidates and targets in the therapeutic areas of cancer, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Her agenda is to see Bionomics grow into a company with $1 billion market capitalization. Its current market cap is $150 million approximately.
"I am delighted and extremely honored and humbled by the award. I thank all those involved in the award. I am very grateful to the Bionomics team for their support and I acknowledge their important role in the award," she said. A scientist with a keen interest in science, especially neuroscience, Dr Rathjen has led Bionomics from the front in its growth story. Her role has also been critical in shaping the life sciences industry of Australia in the past few years. As one of the few women to have broken through glass ceiling of the industry in the Asia Pacific region, her contribution is of great significance.
The BioSpectrum Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award was given to Dr Sean Simpson, co-founder and chief scientific officer of LanzaTech, a green fuel technology company. LanzaTech, with its proprietary microbes that turn waste gases into biofuel, is already making waves in the steel and manufacturing industries, helping them reduce their carbon footprints and at the same time providing a solution to the energy crisis.
"It is a tremendous honor to be a recipient of the BioSpectrum Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I am in great company with the other winners, which is very humbling," he said. "I feel fortunate that my work at LanzaTech never feels like a job. It is my life and my passion and I have a great team that has helped me realize my wild and crazy ideas into a real commercial possibility. Any award such as this is really a reflection of the tremendous job done by the team at LanzaTech who have enthusiastically and imaginatively approached the development of this process from being a notion on paper to a large-scale plant operating at a steel mill in China."