Pennsylvania Bio Names 2012 Recipients of the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership and Frank Baldino CEO of the Year Awards

– Warren V. “Pete” Musser recipient of Schoemaker Leadership Award –

– Steve Tullman named winner of Baldino CEO Award –

 – Awardees to be honored March 20 at PA Bio Annual Dinner –

Wayne, PA, February 9, 2012 — Pennsylvania Bio, the only statewide trade association representing Pennsylvania’s entire bioscience industry, announced today the winners of two of the association’s most prestigious awards: the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership Award and the Frank Baldino CEO of the Year Award.  Industry icon and longtime Chairman and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, Warren V. “Pete” Musser, was named recipient of the Schoemaker award; Steve Tullman, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Ceptaris Therapeutics, was named recipient of the Baldino award.

Musser and Tullman will be honored at Pennsylvania Bio’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration March 20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership award recognizes an outstanding leader in the bioscience community who best exemplifies the spirit of innovation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Hubert J.P. Schoemaker was one of the bioscience industry’s leading scientists and entrepreneurs, founding Centocor (now Janssen Biotech Inc.) and Garnet Biotherapeutics (formerly Neuronyx, Inc.).  He is widely noted as an inspiration and mentor to many industry CEOs, scientists, and executives.  His vision for the industry and for the region, as well as his spirit and will to succeed, remain among his great legacies.  The recipient of the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership award demonstrates a vision for the industry and for improving the lives of patients in the spirit that Dr. Schoemaker dedicated his professional career, and is selected by the Pennsylvania Bio Executive Committee based on nominations submitted by the Board of Directors.  Past winners of the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership award include: Frank Baldino, Jr. Ph.D., founder, former Chairman and CEO, Cephalon (2006); David Holveck, President & CEO, Endo Pharmaceuticals (2007);  Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph.D., former CEO, GlaxoSmithKline (2008); Joseph Scodari, former Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals (2009); Brenda Gavin, Partner, Quaker BioVentures (2010); and Bruce Peacock, Partner, SV Life Sciences Advisors (2011).

The Frank Baldino CEO of the Year award recognizes a CEO who has demonstrated visionary leadership and active participation to advance the industry.  He or she will have a record of proven, exceptional achievement as well as a commitment to the biosciences for the benefit of patients.  Frank Baldino, Jr., founder and CEO of Cephalon, Inc., was a pillar of the Life Sciences community in the Greater Philadelphia region and of the biotechnology industry as a whole, fostering a scientific idea from a small start-up into an international leader hailed for its dedication to providing medicines that answer unmet medical needs.  In addition to his work growing Cephalon into a global leader, Frank Baldino was an active community leader providing his personal time and resources to causes ranging from education to the arts.  The recipient of the Frank Baldino CEO of the Year award must be from a small company with less than 250 employees and exhibit these leadership qualities.  The honoree is selected by the Pennsylvania Bio Executive Committee from nominations provided by the Board of Directors.  The winner of the inaugural Frank Baldino CEO of the Year award was Dr. Philip P. Gerbino, President Emeritus of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

“Pete and Steve truly embody the definition of the awards they are receiving,” said Christopher P. Molineaux, President of Pennsylvania Bio.  “For Pete, this comes ‘full circle’ as he invested heavily in Dr. Schoemaker’s success story, Centocor, through Safeguard Scientifics.”

“We are thrilled to honor these two great industry leaders,” added Vincent Milano, President & Chief Executive Officer of ViroPharma Incorporated and Chairman, Pennsylvania Bio Board of Directors.  “Pete has long been a leader for our industry in the Commonwealth and globally, and Steve represents many of the attributes that Frank Baldino passed down to those of us fortunate to know him and work with him.”

Pennsylvania Bio’s annual dinner and awards celebration is the region’s most anticipated and highly attended events for top life science professionals and business executives.  More than 900 attendees come together to celebrate our industry’s successes and its outstanding leaders.  The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Leadership Award and the Frank Baldino CEO of the Year Award are the evening’s premier honors.

For more information on the annual dinner and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.pabio.org/?page_id=646.

About Pennsylvania Bio

Pennsylvania Bio is the only state-wide trade association for the life sciencesA cluster of scientific disciplines concerned with human life and health. Included are many branches of biology (e.g., molecular biology, cell biology) and chemistry (e.g., biochemistry), as well as some areas of genetics, physics and materials science, among others. in Pennsylvania and serves as a catalyst to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths.  More information is available at http://www.pabio.org.

 

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