Monday, January 2, 2012

The 2011 DNA Guide "Innovation Catalyst Awards!!!"

Most awards are created by those on top and handed down. This award comes from the bottom-up. It's one entrepreneurs attempt to thank all the wonderful people I met this past year and recognize their dedication to make a contribution to the world. So often innovation recognition goes to CEO's and lead investors - forgetting those who contribute to the ecosystem by being welcoming, curious and collaborative.

Criteria for the DNA Guide "2011 Innovation Catalyst Awards" is being BRILLIANT, KIND and FUN to interact with. If you don't know these folks... be sure to look for them next time you're at Ted or the Computer Museum in Mountain View. They're wonderful. Here are the true instigators of innovation who inspired me this past year:

Holley Abrams MD NASA Ames Research Center @holleyabrams
Alexandra Basford Beijing Genomics Institute, GigaScience
Vijay Chandru UNESCO
Angie Chang Women 2.0 @thisgirlangie
James Clement Androcyte @clementlawyer
Alex de Winter, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Jack Dangermond, ESRI
Jovianna DiCarlo, International mHealth Standards Consortium @imhsc
Lizzie Dunklee Health 2.0 @drytownlizzie
Scott Edmunds, Beijing Genomics Institute, GigaScience @ SCEdmunds
Jonathan Drori RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd @jondrori
Peter Francis, Casey Eye Institute
Richard Gallagher, Hopeful Monster
Kathryn Gorges Social Marketing Diva ley@socialMktgDiva
Steven Gullans Excel Venture Management @sgullans
Rebecca Hemenway FitGenes Consulting @rhemenway
Andrew Hessel Pink Army Cooperative @andrewhessel
Kevin Horgan, Soligenix
Tim Hunkapiller Discovery Biosciences
Salim Ismail, Singularity U
Reese Jones Singularity University
Steven Johnson, Ctuit Software
Hugh Keegan, ESRI
Bruce Klein Singularity U
Daniel Kraft Stanford Medical School, Futuremed SU @daniel_kraft
Frederick Lee, MD, MPH , P4 Medicine Institute @fleeMD
Deborah Marshall, Sidley LLP
Kathryn Myronuk Singularity University
Lesa Mitchell Kauffman Foundation @lesamitchell
Ayanna Monteverdi,Mendelspod
Kevin Noble, Genentech
Sharon Olexy Bytes2Insights
Jannick B Pedersen FranklinCovey @jannickBP
John Pfeffer, Pfeffer Capital
Melek Pulatkonak Microsoft @orientalist
Eric Schadt, Institute of Genomics
Abdul R Shaikh, National Cancer Institute
Marc Tarpenning Whiteboard Accelerator
Brad Templeton Singularity U, EFF
Theral Timpson , Mendelspod
Vivek Wadhwa, UC Berkeley
Antoaneta Vladimirova NextBio @antoanetavlad

Yes... this is an arbitrary award, but if you're on this list you can ask me for a favor down the road if by chance I end up wildly successful. Or, just print out this graphic and put it on your wall (we're still a lean startup).

For those who were kind to me last year "DNA Catalyst Awards 2010" thanks again.

Alice Rathjen
Founder, DNA Guide

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