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PA Bio Names Amy Jessop Winner of its Scientific Achievement Award
Award present on March 20 at PA Bio Annual Dinner
Posted: Friday, March 02, 2012
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

Pennsylvania Bio, the only statewide trade association representing Pennsylvania’s entire life science industry, announced Feb. 28 that Amy Jessop, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of health policy and public health and director of HepTREC at University of the Sciences, will receive its Scientific Achievement Award.   

The award winners will be honored at Pennsylvania Bio’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration March 20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Pennsylvania Bio Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a scientist in the Pennsylvania bioscience community who has demonstrated outstanding achievement by advancing scientific knowledge, innovation, or patient care. The honoree is chosen by a selection committee from the academic/research community.

Dr. Jessop founded the Hepatitis Treatment, Research, and Education Center (HepTREC), a community-based organization that has as its sole mission to reduce the impact of viral hepatitis in the Delaware Valley. A non-profit organization, HepTREC was initially founded in 2000 and in 2009 found a new home at University of the Sciences where students can more readily get involved in its work. It has become one of the leading efforts in the Philadelphia community to help prevent and  improve treatment for hepatitis.

"I am pleased and honored to be recognized for scientific achievement by Pennsylvania Bio," said Dr. Jessop, who holds degrees in microbiology, epidemiology and public health. Her basic science and public health work has focused on the prevention and control of infectious diseases. "I share this award with my life science and public health mentors, my collaborators, and the patients and community members who inspire my work. It is my hope that this award will increase awareness of the great potential to improve health and wellbeing when science and public health professionals collaborate."

"The winners of the President’s Service Award and Scientific Achievement Award are deserving recipients who exemplify the hard work and dedication of the thousands of life science employees in our region," said Christopher P. Molineaux, president of Pennsylvania Bio. "Additionally, we are honored to present the inaugural Clarkston Scholarship to a promising student from a key university in Pennsylvania’s biosciences community."

In addition, the organization announce Jennifer Miller, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP as winner of the President’s Service Award and Alexander Brown, sophomore, Lehigh University as recipient of the inaugural Clarkston Scholarship.

"As an industry, our objective is to provide solutions to unmet medical needs," added Vincent Milano, president and chief executive officer of ViroPharma and Pennsylvania Bio board of directors chairman.  "The winners of the President’s Service and Scientific Achievement awards exemplify why we go to work each day – to dedicate our talents to those who need it most."                                                                                        

Pennsylvania Bio’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration is the region’s most anticipated and highly attended event for top life science professionals and business executives. For more information on the annual dinner and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.pabio.org/?page_id=646.

Last year’s recipient of the Scientific Achievement Award was Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and executive vice president for University of Pennsylvania Health System.

About Pennsylvania Bio: Pennsylvania Bio is the only state-wide trade association for the life sciences in Pennsylvania and serves as a catalyst to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths. More information is available at http://www.pabio.org.

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