Bob Guldberg, executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, has won a Georgia Bio Community Award.
Georgia Bio each year recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for significant contributions to Georgia’s life sciences industry with its Georgia Bio Community Awards. In addition to Guldberg, the 2015 recipients are Jamie L. Graham, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Lynn Hood, Crackerjack Marketing; Tiffany Wilson Karp, Global Center for Medical Innovation; and Robert E. Powers, M.Div., Ph.D., Gwinnett Technical College. They will all be recognized at the annual awards dinner on , January 22, 6-9 p.m.,nd at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theater.
Guldberg, a professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology's Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Georgia Tech/Emory Department of Biomedical Engineering, assumed leadership of the Petit Institute in 2009. His research, which focuses on musculoskeletal growth and development, regeneration of limb function following traumatic injury, and degenerative diseases such as skeletal fragility and osteoarthritis, has been published in over 180 journal articles and book chapters.
According to statement from Georgia Bio, Guldberg is being recognized for “continuing a Petit Institute tradition established by previous director Bob Nerem in fostering an environment in which interdisciplinary research can flourish. In doing so, he has taken the Petit Institute to new levels in terms of faculty engagement and research centers.”
Under Guldberg’s leadership, the Petit Institute has expanded to support the research of more than 160 faculty members from a broad range of science, engineering, and clinical disciplines, 17 interdisciplinary research centers, and two graduate programs in bioengineering and bioinformatics. Guldberg also co-directs the Georgia Tech/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Pediatric Innovation (CPI), co-chairs the Extremity Trauma Focus Area of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), and is a past director of the Georgia Tech/Emory/University of Georgia Center for Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM).
Guldberg, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), holds several national leadership positions. He is has served as president of the Americas Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM). He was conference chair of the 2013 TERMIS-AM conference, and co-chairs the annual Regenerative Medicine Workshop at Hilton Head.
He also sits on numerous local and national advisory boards, including the National Academies Roundtable on Biomedical Engineering Materials and Applications (BEMA), the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Research Advisory Council, the Georgia Bio Board of Directors, and the Tissue Engineering Executive Editorial Board, among others.