David Deamer and Mark Akeson, both Research Professors Emeriti of Biomolecular Engineering, received the Lifetime Achievement in Innovation award for their nanopore sequencing research that revolutionized DNA and RNA reading. “We are honored to receive this award,” says Mark Akeson. “Our work has always been about pushing the envelope of possibility, and it gives us great pride to know that we have made a difference.”
Santa Cruz Works (SCWorks), a nonprofit organization supporting regional economic prosperity through entrepreneurship and innovation, received the Community Changemaker award for their efforts in aiding the university to connect with PPE-producing companies, expanding their digital footprint, and developing entrepreneurial skills for students and innovators, among others.
SCWorks played a vital role in bringing events such as Launchpad ’22 and Blue Innovation ’22 to campus. These events are designed to support stakeholders interested in water management and ocean climate solutions. “We are humbled to receive this award. This award belongs to every teacher, professor, mentor, every daring entrepreneur, every disruptive startup, and every innovator in our community. It is a tribute to those who foster the dreamers who then transform their vision into reality to make a better world,” says Doug Erickson, executive director of SC Works during their acceptance speech.
The Chancellor’s Innovation Impact Award Program highlighted the efforts of individuals and organizations that have contributed to the growth and sustainability of technology and education in Santa Cruz. This program is committed to recognizing those who have made significant contributions to promoting innovation and creativity.
For more information about the Chancellor’s Innovation Impact Award Program and upcoming events, visit the University of California, Santa Cruz’s official website.