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BioBuzz Awards

Recognizing the leaders and companies in the BioHealth Capital Region who create a stronger biotech ecosystem.

Voting is Closed.

This year, more than ever before, we’ve seen just how important it is for us all to stay connected and work together to build a stronger biotech ecosystem. In the face of great adversity, the biotech community has risen to the challenge and formed new collaborations and partnerships to innovate and rapidly develop new medicines and tools to help us beat this pandemic. 

That’s why we decided that this year was the right time to launch the first annual BioBuzz Awards.  This is an opportunity for us all to revisit the accomplishments of the past year and recognize the leaders and companies in the region who are doing great things to build a stronger BioHealth Capital Region across Maryland, DC and Virginia, and are making an impact on human health.

Finalists will be voted on by our whole community and announced in December via a special online BioBuzz campaign that gives them the recognition they deserve. 

2020 BioBuzz Award Finalists

BioBuzz Media Award

This award honors a media campaign that most aligns with our mission; ‘to create exceptional experiences that better connect people and employers and foster a stronger regional ecosystem.’ At its core, it recognizes the media campaigns or platforms that have successfully engaged, informed and connected people and reflect favorably on the BHCR. Eligible nominations may include social media, podcasts, video series, blog series, event or webinar series, and other advertising, marketing, and public relations campaigns. Nominees should be selected based on the strategic approach, quality and results achieved.

Sponsor

  • BioTalk Podcast
  • Jacob Greenwood’s #WannaGoWednesday
  • 2020 NCI & FNLCR Virtual Technology Showcase

Community Impact Leader Award

This award honors a leader in the region who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make an impact on the community through intentional collaborations and meaningful contributions of their time, energy, expertise and mentorship. This person is a servant leader who sees beyond the balance sheet and strives to create a rising tide for all across the BioHealth Capital Region so that we can collectively make a greater impact on public health and patients around the world.

Sponsor

  • Judy Costello, Managing Director of Economic Development for BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Kathie Callahan Brady is the CEO, Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc.
  • Tammi Thomas, VP, Marketing & Communications at TEDCO

BioBuzz Media Award

This award honors a media campaign that most aligns with our mission; ‘to create exceptional experiences that better connect people and employers and foster a stronger regional ecosystem.’  At its core, it recognizes the media campaigns or platforms that have successfully engaged, informed and connected people and reflect favorably on the BHCR.  Eligible nominations may include social media, podcasts, video series, blog series, event or webinar series, and other advertising, marketing, and public relations campaigns. Nominees should be selected based on the strategic approach, quality, and results achieved.

Sponsor

  • BioTalk Podcast
  • CapitalM Podcast
  • WannaGo Wednesdays – Jacob Greenwood
  • TEDCO – Social Media

Workforce Program of the Year

his award recognizes the program or organization that has made a measurable contribution to enhancing the biotech workforce within the region.  Talent is the single most important, and limiting, variable to the success of a company and of a regional economy. These nominees are recognized for their outstanding contributions and innovative approach to attracting, training, or growing the biotech workforce within the region.

Sponsor

  • MC
  • Kite
  • Emergent – VRE’s
  • SciPhD

Breakthrough Company of the Year (under 50 employees, under 5 yrs since founding)

This award recognizes the entrepreneurs and startup companies who have achieved the momentum in commercialization of their innovative technology.  Startups fuel the engine of innovation in the region and reflect the future growth of any ecosystem.  Nominees should be selected of companies who show the most promise, the most momentum and the most commitment to bringing their technology to the patients who need them.

Sponsor

  • Arcellx

Life Science Employer of the Year

This award recognizes the entrepreneurs and startup companies who have achieved the momentum in commercialization of their innovative technology.  Startups fuel the engine of innovation in the region and reflect the future growth of any ecosystem.  Nominees should be selected of companies who show the most promise, the most momentum and the most commitment to bringing their technology to the patients who need them.

Sponsor

  • Emergent BioSolutions
  • RoosterBio
  • Qiagen

BioBuzz Award Categories

  • BioBuzz Media Award

    This award honors a media campaign that most aligns with our mission; ‘to create exceptional experiences that better connect people and employers and foster a stronger regional ecosystem.’ At its core, it recognizes the media campaigns or platforms that have successfully engaged, informed and connected people and reflect favorably on the BHCR. Eligible nominations may include social media, podcasts, video series, blog series, event or webinar series, and other advertising, marketing, and public relations campaigns. Nominees should be selected based on the strategic approach, quality and results achieved.

  • Community Builder Award

    This award honors someone in the region who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make an impact on the ecosystem by being a thoughtful community builder who fosters intentional collaborations and meaningful contributions of their time, energy and expertise to support the biohealth community. This person is a servant leader who sees beyond their job description or the balance sheet and strives to create a rising tide for all across the BioHealth Capital Region so that we can collectively make a greater impact on public health and patients around the world.

  • Workforce Champion Award

    This award recognizes the program or organization that has made a measurable contribution to enhancing the biotech workforce within the region. Talent is the single most important, and limiting, variable to the success of a company and of a regional economy. These nominees are recognized for their outstanding contributions and innovative approach to attracting, training, or growing the biotech workforce within
    the region.

  • The ‘John Holaday’ BioHealth Leadership Award

    In honor of the late John Holaday, Ph.D., renowned scientist, CEO, philanthropist, mentor and community leader, this award recognizes a regional biohealth leader who embodies Holaday’s personal credo -- "do well by doing good", and exemplifies a similar unwavering devotion to excellence. With this award we want you to nominate a servant leader who is carrying on John’s legacy and lives each day with a passionate pursuit of excellence and innovation in their own work to make a difference in the lives of others. As CEO and Founder EntreMed, and MaxCyte, Holaday had an important role in building the foundation for the biohealth industry that exists here today, and we want to honor that legacy through this award. Learn more about John Holaday, Ph.D. here.

  • Breakthrough Company of the Year

    This award recognizes the companies who have pursued their mission with dedication and perseverance, and built momentum towards commercialization with a substantial breakthrough this past year. Nominees should be selected of companies who have achieved important milestones such as advancing to a clinical stage company, achieving successful pivotal trials, or getting FDA approval for the commercialization of their technology to bring it to the patients who need it.

  • Life Science Employer of the Year

    This award honors the life science employers who are the foundation of a vibrant biotech cluster. Being a great employer is about building an exceptional workforce, developing an employee-centric culture that keeps employees engaged and empowers them to be ambassadors for your company, fostering a more inclusive and resilient workforce. It’s also about the ability to attract top talent and achieve your needed growth without compromising these elements. Nominees should reflect these essential elements and have a talent brand that.

  • COVID-19 Impact Award

    This has been a year like no other. Our society has been completely turned upside down and our lives have been forever changed. This award honors those life science & biohealth technology companies who have responded to this crisis and developed a product, project, or service this year that has made the greatest impact on easing the effects of COVID-19. Nominees should be considered based on the impact they have or will have on COVID-19 and our public health.

Process

Submissions

BioBuzz partners, sponsors, and clients select the nominations for this inaugural year.

Judging

Unlike other awards, ours will be selected by a people's choice vote based on nominations.

Finalist

Finalists will be featured in exclusive BioBuzz articles, online videos, and social media.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who continue to support the region and industry.