Nominations Open for 2014 Global Pediatric Innovator Awards

June 25, 2014

Rising Star and Lifetime Impact Awards to be presented by Boston Children’s Hospital at “Taking on Tomorrow”

Boston, Mass.—Boston Children’s Hospital today announced the creation of two new annual awards that will be conferred at the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards, Taking on Tomorrow (#PedInno14), taking place October 30-31, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The awards will honor innovators who are making an impact in pediatric health care and will be presented at a luncheon on October 31.

“There is a unique passion that exists in the field of pediatrics,” said Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital. “No matter where you work – be it in Boston or across the globe – there is a special bond that drives us and brings us all together, striving to innovate and look at problems in new ways for the benefit of our patients. The annual Taking on Tomorrow awards will allow us to recognize some of the brightest champions whose work is making a difference to the families we serve.”

The Lifetime Impact Award will honor a clinician, researcher or business person who has made extraordinary and sustained leadership contributions throughout his/her career to improve health care in the field of pediatrics.

The Rising Star Award will recognize the outstanding achievements of an innovator, or team of innovators, aged 45 or younger in the field of pediatric health care. The recipient will receive $25,000 to advance the work for which they were nominated.

Both awards are peer-nominated awards. To be considered, nominations must be received no later than August 22.

Full descriptions of each, including criteria, the nomination process and deadlines, are available on the Summit web site:

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014, Taking on Tomorrow, takes place October 30 + 31 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. It provides an engaging forum to build partnerships, accelerate innovations and help reshape the future of pediatric medicine. The dynamic and comprehensive agenda gathers innovators and thought leaders from across the globe to examine clinical, informatics and business opportunities in pediatric innovation.

Taking on Tomorrow features IBM as its premier sponsor. Additional sponsors, to date, include Cerner Corporation, Claritas Genomics, Genzyme, Life Technologies, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Partners include the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), The Institute for Pediatric Innovation, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), and Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI). Media partners include the Boston Business Journal, Bio-IT World, Clinical Informatics News, MIT Technology Review and WBUR-90.9 FM (Boston’s NPR News Station).

Follow the Summit online @BCH_Innovation #PedInno14.


Membership Deliverables

MassBio Membership gives you:

Purchasing power-MassBio negotiates a broad-based collection of services on behalf of member companies and passes the savings on to its members. 

Networking and professional development-MassBio organizes and executes numerous conferences, committee meetings, and networking events throughout the year.

MassBio Signature Events-Attend our Investors Forum, Innovator Roundtables, Pharma Days, our Golf Classic Fundraiser, Policy Leadership Breakfast, and many others.

Public policy & Advocacy-As the state's leading advocate for our life science super cluster, we fight for public policy initiatives and tax incentives in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., that will enable biotechnology companies to do their best work.

Economic development-MassBio provides expert advice and guidance to help companies find suitable locations and resources as they move to and grow in the Bay State. We make Massachusetts a better place for your business.

Visibility/Resources-Members are listed on a searchable directory that includes a profile and link to the company's website. We highlight your company's latest news by posting to our MassBio member news page. In addition, members can post job openings on our website free!

Educational incentives-We promote education, workforce development and lifelong learning through the MassBioEd Foundation. The foundation customizes training programs for companies and educational institutions and promotes science in the classroom through BioTeach. MassBio members receive a discount on courses offered by the foundation.