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.

Event Details

Thursday, September 23, 2021

5:30 – 7:00pm
Networking & VIP Session

7:00 – 8:00pm
Dinner & Award Presentation

8:00 – 9:00pm

Members: $165 
Non-Members: $200 
Military: $150

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

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2020 BioMedSA Innovation Award Event Presentation

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

The 2021 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.

The 2021 BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience will be awarded to Dr. Robert Ward, President of ExThera and a serial inventor and entrepreneur whose contributions to medical innovation have benefitted millions of patients globally. Ward is currently the founder and president of ExThera Medical Corporation where he developed a method of extracting pathogens from blood which has been used on the frontline to battle COVID-19 and sepsis. As a patient’s blood flows through the Seraph® Microbind® Affinity Blood Filter, it passes over tiny beads with receptors that mimic the receptors on human cells that pathogens target when they invade the body. Harmful substances – such as the SARS-COV-2 virus – are quickly captured and adsorbed onto the surface of the beads and are removed from the bloodstream. Ward’s Seraph 100 device has already saved the lives of hundreds of patients with COVID-19 and sepsis, including several in San Antonio, and his company is currently conducting a multi-center, 3-armed observational study (PURIFY-OBS-1). This DoD funded

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2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

San Antonio Medical Foundation logo

Platinum Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Alamo Colleges

Broadway Bank

Henry Jackson Foundation

Metis Foundation


The Health Cell


Past Recipients

  • 2021 – Dr. Robert Ward, President of ExThera and a serial inventor and entrepreneur in global medical innovation
  • 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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