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The 2011 Kauffman Foundation Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards Call for Nominations Print Email

About the Awards/Criteria for Eligibility | About the Kauffman Foundation | About the 2010 Award Recipients

 
2011 Kauffman Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award Brochure

Nominations are now closed to the public.  Applications are due by Oct. 18, 2010.

July 27, 2010

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association have announced the call for nominations for the 2011 Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur and Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur awards, which recognize exceptional postdocs who are working to commercialize research. 

The awards will be presented at the NPA’s 9th Annual Meeting, slated for March 25-27, 2011, in Bethesda, MD. The Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur recipient will receive a $10,000 honorarium. The Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award, given to a promising postdoctoral entrepreneur, provides a $2,500 honorarium.

The deadline for nominations has been EXTENDED from Sept. 27, 2010, until October 11, 2010, and the deadline for submission of online applications has been EXTENDED from Oct. 4, 2010, until Oct. 18, 2010.


Criteria for Eligibility

The Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award

Self-nomination is allowed and encouraged.

To be eligible for nomination, the entrepreneur must:
- Hold a PhD in a field of science.
- Have completed postdoctoral training in the United States.
- Be the founder or co-founder of a private or public company (or companies) that is commercializing or has commercialized the nominee's intellectual property; AND is incorporated and located in the United States; AND
has been established for a minimum of three (3) years.

Please note: Kauffman Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible to apply.

The Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award

Self-nomination is allowed and encouraged.

To be eligible for nomination, the entrepreneur must:
- Hold a PhD in a field of science.
- Hold a postdoctoral position in the United States or have completed postdoctoral training in the United States.
- Be a member of the National Postdoctoral Association(NPA).
- Be actively seeking to commercialize his/her intellectual property or working as a founding partner to commercialize others' intellectual property.

Please note: Kauffman Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible to apply.

 



About the 2010 Award Recipients
npa-8th-ann-mtg_013aDr. Stephen Turner (right), founder of Pacific Biosciences, was presented the 2010 Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award by Sandra Miller (center). In March 2010, The Wall Street Journal listed Pacific Biosciences as the United States’ top venture-funded company. Dr. Turner earned a PhD in physics from Cornell University, where he studied the behavior of biomolecules in nano-fabricated structures. His work contributed to the establishment of the Nanobiotechnology Center at Cornell. He was a member of the Cornell project team that developed the technology now employed by Pacific Biosciences, and was coauthor of the cover story in Science magazine (January 31, 2003) that introduced the technology to the scientific community. He is listed as the inventor on nine U.S. patents and more than 20 published patent applications.

Dr. Antonio Webb (left), a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University and co-founder of VesselTek Biomedical, an Evanston, Ill.-based vascular products company, was named the 2010 Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and his master’s and PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Webb has served as principal investigator on National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health small business innovation research grants and is currently working to develop controlled drug eluting vascular grafts and perivascular wraps to prevent neointimal hyperplasia and thrombosis associated with vascular injury.



About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

 

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