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

The 2021 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience Award event has been cancelled.

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

The 2021 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience Award event has been cancelled. As the primary advocate for San Antonio’s academic, industry and military medical healthcare and bioscience organizations, BioMedSA’s mission – at its very core – is to preserve and promote the health and safety of our stakeholders and constituents. The Executive committee and program chairs unanimously agreed upon this prudent and necessary decision due to the surge in COVID cases, combined with the institutional stress our healthcare system currently faces.

“The great minds in San Antonio have truly pioneered innovation in this COVID crisis, and now is not the time to jeopardize the great strides forward that we have made,” commented Bob Hutchens, Co-chair of the BioMedSA award program and CEO of StemBioSys®. “We will remain focused on eradicating this pandemic and look forward to gathering in celebration when it is safe to do so.”

“The spirit of dedication and innovation demonstrated by our award winners – like Dr. Bob Ward – is mirrored by the incredible work our community is doing to fight this pandemic,” commented Shawn Hughes, Co-chair of the BioMedSA award program and Senior Vice President at Broadway Bank. “While we are disappointed not to have the event this year, BioMedSA remains committed to our support of the healthcare and bioscience institutions within our community and the important work these companies are doing.”

“The important work of BioMedSA’s stakeholders has been fully on display throughout the pandemic, and BioMedSA’s role in connecting our community’s institutions has been an important behind-the-scenes inflection point for information sharing and collective discussions,” said Heather Hanson, president of BioMedSA. “I want to thank the corporate sponsors of this year’s program and recognize the important role they play in helping us continue our mission.”

The 2022 award program will launch in March of next year.

Comments from San Antonio’s Mayor

Comments from the San Antonio Medical Foundation

UT Health San Antonio

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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We have increased the space significantly to meet safety protocols.

Masks will be provided, as needed.

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

Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

cps energy

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Alamo Colleges

Broadway Bank

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Methodist Healthcare

Mission Pharmacal

Pape-Dawson Engineers

Southwest Research Institute

The Health Cell

Corporate Sponsors

Cancer Insight


Eagle Global Scientific

Rochal Industries

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Trinity University


  • 2021 – Robert Ward, Ph.D., serial biomaterials inventor and entrepreneur
  • 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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