Award for Innovation in Healthcare & Bioscience

September 2023

Nominations for local innovators are being accepted for the 2023 award from BioMedSA members. Responses are due by Mar. 31, 2023.

The 2022 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience Award will be Sept. 8.

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.

Event Details

Thursday, September 8, 2022

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

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

8:00 – 9:00pm

Members: sold out
Non-Members: sold out
Military: sold out

Tech Center at Port SA
3331 General Hudnell Dr,
San Antonio, TX 78226

Get directions

Business attire requested

The 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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

Continue Reading »

2022 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

San Antonio Medical Foundation logo

Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

logo-CPS Energy
University Health System logo

Gold Sponsor

logo-SwRI Logo Blue Pantone 2728
logo-Utiligent #2

Silver Sponsors

logo-mission pharmacal

Bronze Sponsors

Alamo Colleges District

BioBridge Global

Concept General Contracting

Health Cell

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Methodist Healthcare

Metis Foundation

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Economic Development Corporation

Sanara MedTech Inc.

SpawGlass Contractors

Texas Research and Technology Foundation



  • 2021/2 – 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 


Welcome back! Login below