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Honoring the 2018 Scientist of
the Year and 2018 R&D 100
We have the great privilege here at R&D Magazine of handing out honors each year to incredible scientists and innovators in the R&D marketplace. And it’s not just one stray award. R&D Magazine has been honoring a “Scientist of the Year” since 1966,
and also awarding the coveted R&D 100 Awards to the top 100 new products of the past year
for 56 years and running.
Established in 1963, the R&D 100 Awards is the only S&T (science and technology) awards
competition that recognizes new commercial products, technologies and materials for their
technological significance. Winning products and processes are selected by multiple judging
panels of S&T experts. Our program is literally a “Who’s Who” of innovation.
For those unfamiliar with the R&D 100 Awards program, it is well recognized across the
R&D community and achieving a Finalist or Winner designation is a high honor indeed. The
2018 R&D 100 Awards Finalists are included in this issue starting on page 10.
Past winning products have included well-known consumer products, industrial
components and systems, sophisticated instrumentation and sensors as well as life-saving
devices and compounds used in the total R&D environment and research labs. A significant
number of winning R&D 100 products have been from U.S.-based and foreign industrial and
government organizations, recognizing both the global reach of the R&D 100 Awards and the
intense work being done in those sectors.
These new disruptive products, technologies
and services are honored each November at
our annual back-tie ceremony—and this year
is no exception as we gather Nov. 15-16 in
Orlando. We’ve invited the R&D 100 Finalists
and the R&D community at large to join us for
this celebration of innovation and achievement, and also to attend our fourth annual R&D
100 Conference, which delves into the “Path to Success: Innovation & Technology Transfer
Strategies in R&D.”
A top-notch expert faculty will offer deep dives into ROI in R&D across industries and
exchange new ideas. All conference attendees will receive proprietary reports, including R&D
Magazine’s Global R&D Funding Forecast. Together, the awards gala and the conference explore
the most significant strides in R&D.
And speaking of significant strides, the editors of R&D Magazine each year choose a
Scientist of the Year, who is invited to attend the R&D 100 Awards to participate in the
celebration of the year. Founded in 1966, it has been awarded to top scientists in the country’s
leading R&D institutions. Past honorees have included world-famous scientists, including last
year’s recipient Cori Bargmann, Scott Kelly, Karl Deisseroth, Justin Rattner, and early in its
history, Thor Heyerdahl.
For 2018, we are recognizing Dr. Bette Korber for her exciting work on the HIV mosaic
vaccine, which I invite you to read about in the cover story by Laura Panjwani, our R&D
Editor. It’s interesting to note that Dr. Korber is only the fourth female scientist to be honored
in the 52-year-old history of the Scientist of the Year—telling us that while we reflect history,
there’s more to come from these voices.
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For 2018, we are recognizing Dr.
Bette Korber for her exciting work
on the HIV mosaic vaccine…