The foundation nominates devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical products for its annual Prix Galien awards to highlight products designed to improve the human condition.
“The Awards Committee is excited to introduce the nominees for the 2021 Prix Galien USA Awards. These products have been created by scientists who have dedicated their lives to discovering, developing and distributing life-saving answers for patients,” said Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chair of the Prix Galien USA and Prix Galien International Award committees and former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We appreciate the opportunity to honor these researchers and their tireless efforts,” Desmond-Hellmann said in a news release.
Nominees need to be FDA-approved for the market within the last five years and show major potential to affect healthcare. The winners will be announced in October this year at the Prix Galien USA Awards in New York City, which the foundation says will adhere to CDC and WHO recommendations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These nominees reflect our celebration of 50 years of the Prix Galien Awards and the progress made in working to improve the state of human health,” Galien Foundation chairperson Bruno Cohen said. “We look forward to honoring these nominees and all of their accomplishments on October 28.”
This year, the foundation nominated 18 medical devices, 21 biotechnology products, 34 pharmaceutical agents and 10 digital health products.
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