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Nicholas Peppas wins Pierre Galletti Award for contributions to biomaterials science and engineering

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
January 3, 2008

Nicholas A. Peppas of The University of Texas at Austin is the 2008 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Peppas is being recognized “for seminal contributions and visionary leadership in biomaterials science and engineering, and for pioneering work on drug delivery that has led to numerous biomedical products and devices,” said AIMBE President Linda Lucas.

Dr. Peppas, Sc.D., holds the Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering and is a Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy. An AIMBE Founding Fellow, Dr. Peppas serves as the Chair of the College of Fellows of AIMBE this year.

Established in 1999 to honor AIMBE Founding Member and Past President Pierre Galletti, the award previously was given to such notable bioengineering figures as: Peter Katona, Sc.D; Shu Chien, MD, Ph.D; Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D; John T. Watson, Ph.D.; Robert S. Langer, Ph.D.; and—most recently—Douglas Lauffenberger, Ph.D. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering, and to promotion of the national interest in science, engineering, and education. Nominations are solicited by the AIMBE Awards Committee from the Fellowship and AIMBE’s Councils, and approved by the Board of Directors.

“I am honored and delighted that our medical work with numerous students and collaborators has been recognized in this way,” Dr. Peppas said. “It is very rewarding to join such a distinguished group of peers who have received this recognition over the years.”

The award will be presented Feb. 21 during a dinner at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington as part of AIMBE’s 2008 Annual Event.

Founded in 1991, AIMBE’s mission includes raising awareness of medical and biological engineering and of achievements in the field, building relationships with relevant government agencies and other professional groups, improving intersociety relations and cooperation within the field of medical and biological engineering, and promoting the national interest in science, engineering, and education.