Benjamin Boward, a Ph.D. student in biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was among the UGA people and programs recognized by Georgia Bio, the association for Georgia’s life sciences industry, at its 2019 annual awards dinner Feb. 8 in Atlanta:
Boward accepted an Emerging Leader of the Year Award, presented to young individuals who have made a significant impact on the life sciences industry through their studies or employment.
Boward studies stem cell biology, specifically the genetic regulation of embryonic kidney development, with Stephen Dalton, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Molecular Biology and director of UGA’s Center for Molecular Medicine. Boward has been extensively involved in the entrepreneurship and technology transfer community in Athens, serving as the entrepreneurial lead for the InfraredRx Inc. team in the first NSF I-Corps cohort at UGA, as an intern in UGA’s Innovation Gateway, and as co-manager of due diligence for the BioMed Investor Network. He is the UGA liaison for the Emerging Leaders Network and volunteers with events like the Georgia BioEd Institute Golf Outing and the Georgia Bio Annual Summit. After graduating, he will join a biotechnology company in Boston to work on developing diagnostic assays for cancer detection.
Congratulations to Boward and his colleagues in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. Early career leaders on campus is indicative of the growing life science industry in Georgia, as well as the centrality of UGA to that growth.
Image: Ben Boward, photo by Amy Ware.