CABS K. Fong Award in Life Sciences is presented annually to recognize those individuals who make significant contributions in life sciences and biopharmaceutical industry including outstanding scientific findings, recognized efforts in promoting life science education and initiatives in improving life science community, and those who bring therapeutic breakthroughs to the market and improve healthcare and quality of life.
Candidates must be nominated by an active member of CABS. Selection criteria will be based on candidate’s accomplishments in life sciences and contribution to the life science community, including one or all of the following:
- Proven achievements in therapeutic breakthroughs (including discovery, process or clinical development), diagnostics or the research reagent/equipment markets.
- Significant contribution to the promotion of academic and industrial R&D in biomedical sciences and applications.
- Significant contribution to the CABS community and to promoting international collaboration in life sciences.
Winners will be selected by the CABS Award Selection Committee. The winner(s) will receive a $2,500 award and a Plaque of Merit at the Annual CABS Conference (BioPacific Conference) on May 7th, 2016.
About Dr. Kenneth Fong:
Dr. Kenneth Fong is a successful entrepreneur, an investor and mentor to many biotech founders, a community leader supporting higher education and a philanthropist. Currently Dr. Fong is the Chairman of Kenson Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm that specializes in venture financing and strategic consulting to biotech companies. He is the founder and former CEO of Clontech, which developed and marketed Molecular Biology products to academic and pharmaceutical laboratories in the US and thirty other countries. He sits on the Boards of numerous biotech companies and serves on the advisory board of biotech-related entities in the US, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Dr. Fong is active with both philanthropic and community activities. For example, he and his wife were major contributors in establishing the Fong Optometry and Medical Library at UC Berkeley, the Fong Scholarship Programs / Annual Scientific Symposia at San Francisco State University, the Annual Fong-Clontech Seminar series at Indiana University. His Community services included Chairman of the San Jose Chinese Performing Arts Center (2000-02), lead supporter to the Chinese Historical Society of America (SF, 2000) and the pioneering Biotech Program at the San Jose Tech Museum (1999). Recently, he has become more supportive of the educational programs for children in under-served and impoverished regions of China. He is a member of Committee 100 and a former member of the Board of 80-20 Initiative.