University of Arizona Cancer Center member honored as top University innovator for 2012

University of Arizona Cancer Center member honored as top University innovator for 2012

University of Arizona Cancer Center member Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, professor of pathology in the College of Medicine and professor of public policy in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, was honored March 6 by the University of Arizona with the 2012 Technology Innovation Award. The Technology Innovation Award is given annually in recognition of exemplary innovative achievement in translating original ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

UA Cancer Center member Leslie Gunatilaka, PhD, professor in the School of Natural Resources and The Environment and director of the UA's Natural Products Center, was honored as a Leading Edge Researcher during the Innovation Day activities.

Dr. Weinstein, who served as chair of the Pathology Department from 1990 to 2007, has pioneered original research in cancer diagnostics and the human-computer interface, championed the translation of his inventions into commercial products and founded companies in the technology-based sector to market their products.

Dr. Weinstein is an internationally acclaimed academic physician who invented, patented and commercialized "telepathology," a transformational health care delivery system that leverages the power of broadband telecommunications. He is the founding director of the award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program that serves 60 communities and areas across Arizona.

UA Cancer Center members and researchers have been regularly honored at the UA’s Innovation Day. Previous Technology Innovation Award winners include Evan Unger, MD, 2011; Eugene W. Gerner, PhD, 2010; Victor Hruby, PhD, 2009; Laurence Hurley, PhD, 2007; and Thomas M. Grogan, MD, 2004.

Samantha Kendrick, a PhD candidate in the UACC’s Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, was the 2010 Student Technology Innovation Award winner. Past Leading Edge Researcher awardees include Dr. Gerner, Dr. Hurley, David S. Alberts, MD, Rainer W.G. Gruessner, MD, and Dr. Weinstein.

March 6, 2012