On July 19th, MBBP client Boston University hosted its second annual Tech, Drugs and Rock & Roll event which 500 industry professionals, entrepreneurs and BU community members attended for an evening of food, drinks, music and technology. BU provost and chief academic officer Jean Morrison also presented the 2011 Innovator of the Year award to School of Medicine associate professor and MBBP client Allegro Diagnostics founder Avrum Spira. The award recognizes BU faculty members whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large. Dr. Spira was selected for his research on lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the effects of smoking on airway epithelial cell-gene expression. Morrison had this to say of the honoree:
Professor Spira is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Allegro Diagnostics, a start-up company intent on producing beneficial molecular diagnostics for detecting lung cancer. His accomplishments in the past year include 14 peer-reviewed papers published, one invention disclosure, two patent filings, over $3.5 million in NIH funding, and $8.9 million invested in Allegro Diagnostics.
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