Nominations for national innovators are being accepted for the 2021 award from BioMedSA Members. Responses due by March 24, 2021

Honoring Leaders of Healthcare Innovation

The BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience celebrates local and national innovators in the healthcare and bioscience industry, including patient care, education, research and development, leadership, public policy and medical technology.

2021 BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience

In 2021, the Innovation Award will be presented at a formal dinner in San Antonio, where healthcare and bioscience industry leaders can come together to celebrate healthcare innovation. The dinner will highlight and contribute to the collaborative spirit of the life science industry in San Antonio. Old associations will be rekindled in person and new relationships formed as industry leaders interact during the social hour preceding the dinner and the networking time after the dinner.

2020 BioMedSA Innovation Award Event Presentation

Highlights of San Antonio’s Life Science Industry COVID-19 Work

Event Details

Thursday, September 23, 2021

6pm Reception and Event

The Vista at Valero
1 Valero Way
San Antonio, TX 78249

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The 2020 Winner of the BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience

BioMedSA will be announcing the recipient of the 2020 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience soon.

BioMedSA has selected Dr. Rena Bizios, the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio to receive the 2020 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience. She is a globally-recognized researcher making groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of cell-material interactions at the tissue/implant interface with applications in implant biomaterials, tissue engineering, and tissue regeneration. Bizio’s Research Has Improved Fields in Biomedical Engineering Bizios, a chemical/biomedical engineer by training, joined the faculty at UTSA in 2006, and her research has focused on cellular and tissue engineering, tissue regeneration, biomaterials (including nanostructured biomaterials), and biocompatibility. Her work has been used to develop a generation of biomaterial implants and principles that are applied today in multiple medical devices used to rehabilitate musculoskeletal tissues and promote tissue regeneration. In addition, her research into nanoparticle interaction with cells and tissues has led to the development of a plethora of applications for nanomaterials ranging from drug delivery to stimulating specific biological responses.

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2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Mission Pharmacal logo
Mission Pharmacal logo

Benefactor Sponsors

Rochal Industries

SA Chamber of Commerce

Broadway Bank

City of San Antonio

Cancer Insight


Past Recipients

  • 2020 – Rena Bizios, Ph.D., research in cell-material interactions and biomedical engineering pioneer
  • 2019 – Stephen Badylak, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.D., discovered the use of the extracellular matrix 
  • 2018 – Alan Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP, the nation’s foremost research leader in combat-related PTSD 
  • 2017 – Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D., D.Sc. prolific biomaterials scientist and inventor  
  • 2016 – George E. Peoples, Jr., M.D., FACS, cancer immunotherapy pioneer   
  • 2015 – W.E. (William Esco) Moerner, Ph.D., Nobel Prize-winning chemist 
  • 2014 – Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., nationally-renowned pediatric transplant surgeon
  • 2013 – Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., world-renowned engineer, inventor and entrepreneur in tissue engineering and biomaterials
  • 2012 – Larry Miller, M.D., pioneer of  leading intraosseous vascular access technology
  • 2011 – Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., biologist and inventor of numerous scientific instruments
  • 2010 – C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., founded biomedical engineering degree program at UTSA
  • 2009 – Dean Kamen, internationally acclaimed inventor and founder of DEKA and FIRST
  • 2008 – Robert Campbell, M.D., Melvin Smith, M.D., and Kaye Wilkins, M.D., pediatric orthopedic inventors
  • 2007 – Karen Davis, Ph.D., children’s health assessment program  
  • 2006 – Julio Palmaz, M.D., inventor of the first commercially successful intravascular stent

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2018 – Basil A. Pruitt, Jr. M.D., one of the founding fathers of modern trauma and burn medicine 


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