|[September 11, 2013]
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Named 2013 Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year
CHANDLER, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) today announced that W.L.
Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has been named the 2013 Arizona
Bioscience Company of the Year in recognition of the development of an
extensive line of medical products including vascular grafts,
endovascular and interventional devices, and surgical meshes by its
world class team of medical device innovators in Flagstaff and Phoenix,
and will receive the award at the 2013 AZBio Awards on October 10, 2013.
Since its start in 1958, Gore has grown to be a large international
company generating over $3 billion in revenues in 2012. Gore has
facilities in many communities around the world and is Arizona's largest
biotech employer with 2500 employees statewide. For the 16th year in a
row, Gore earned a position on FORTUNE® Magazine's annual list of the
U.S. 100 Best companies to work for ranking 21st overall.
The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic
solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During
that time, more than 35 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have
been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide.
Gore has been granted more than 2,000 patents worldwide ranging from
polymer processing to medical devices.
The team at Gore has a long history of launching medical innovations,
including a proven and durable endovascular option to treat abdominal
aortic aneurysms (AAAs), a device for minimally invasive closure of
atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO), as well as a
device indicated for use as a vascular prosthesis for replacement or
bypass of diseased vessels impacted by aortic aneurysmal, peripheral
vascular and end stage renal disease.
Gore, a private company with over 10,000 associates, is recognized as
often for its unique culture as for its industry-leading products. Gore
is a team-based organiation free from traditional organizational charts
and chains of command. Gore CEO Terri Kelly credits the company's
culture as its biggest competitive advantage. It creates a work
environment where people feel empowered to make a difference. And it's
the driving force behind Gore's broad range of innovations, from
life-saving cardiovascular devices and high-performance fabrics
(GORE-TEX fabrics) to aerospace electronics and industrial manufacturing
The 8th Annual AZBio Awards will be held Thursday, October
10, 2013, at the Phoenix Convention Center. In addition to the Gala
Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the VWR Company Showcase
and Student Discovery Showcase sponsored by NAU will highlight the work
of Arizona's current and future life science leaders from 10 a.m.-11:30
a.m. and again from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. so that attendees can see the
work being done across the industry and interact with the leaders and
future leaders who are driving bioindustry innovation.
In addition to honoring the team of W.L. Gore & Associates, the AZBio
Awards will celebrate the achievements of:
2013 AZBio Pioneer Awards for Lifetime Achievement - Thomas M. Grogan,
M.D., Founder of Ventana and SVP Medical Affairs at Ventana Medical
Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group
2013 Jon W. McGarity Bioscience Leader of the Year - Linda Hunt,
President and COO of Dignity Health Arizona
2013 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year - Leslie Boyer, M.D.,
The University of Arizona
2013 AZBio Public Service Award - Mayor John Lewis, Town of Gilbert,
2013 Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year - Amanda
Grimes of Mesa High School, Mesa Biotechnology Academy
2013 AZBio Fast Lane Awards - Iron Horse Dx, Nasseo, Inc., and Yulex
The list of past honorees can be viewed at: http://www.azbio.org/azbio-awards/awards-history.
For tickets and more information, visit www.AZBioAwards.com.
About the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) - www.azbio.org
As Arizona's statewide industry Association, AZBio is committed to
working with our members across Arizona to support our industry as
together we move forward faster. AZBio provides access to the key
resources, connections and information in our biosciences community.
This provides the foundation to be able to Connect, Collaborate,
Innovate and Succeed, thus supporting the growth of a thriving economic
environment for Arizona's bioscience industry today and in the future.
AZBio is the State Affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization
(BIO) located in Washington, D.C. and also collaborates on national
issues with AdvaMed, PhRMA and other national and international
organizations to move the Arizona bioscience industry forward faster.
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