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The 2019 IRI Medal.

Recognizing the significant achievements of individual innovators is a core mission of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI). The IRI Medal, established in 1946, is presented to recognize leaders of technology for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation that have contributed broadly to the development of industry and the advancement of science and society. The Medal, which is awarded at the discretion of IRI's Board of Directors, is presented at IRI's Annual Conference. In 2019, the Board awarded the IRI Medal to Leroy Hood.

The 2019 IRI Medal was presented to Leroy Hood in recognition of his work in the fields of systems biology and DNA synthesis and sequencing, and for his contributions to innovation and society.

Dr. Leroy Hood's career began at Cal Tech, where he and colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer, DNA synthesizer, protein sequencer, and protein synthesizer, four instruments that paved the way for the mapping of the human genome. He went on to apply those tools in the discipline of systems biology and develop a quantitative approach to wellness that could revolutionize medicine in the coming decades. To apply these discoveries, he has founded or cofounded 15 different biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Rosetta, and Darwin.

In addition to his groundbreaking research, Dr. Hood has published more than 750 peer-reviewed articles. He has received 36 patents, 17 honorary degrees, and more than 100 awards and honors, including the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation and Invention, and the 2011 National Medal of Science. He was elected to the Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also one of only a few, select individuals to be elected to all three of the national academies: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Hood was presented the award in May at IRI's 2019 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he delivered the closing keynote talk, "How Technology, Big Data, and Systems Approaches Are Transforming 21st-century Health Care."

DOI: 10.1080/08956308.2019.1665404

Caption: Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, accepts the IRI Medal from IRI Committee Program Chair Dan Abramowicz at IRI's 2019 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2, 2019.

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Date:Nov 1, 2019
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