Seven individuals, companies and organizations recently were presented with 2017 Life Sciences Awards at the Utah Life Science Summit for their contributions to the industry.

The awards were announced by BioUtah, a nonprofit life science trade association. They recognize significant contributions to medical innovation, industry, and the life sciences community at large.

“We congratulate this year’s award winners. They are all phenomenal success stories,” said Kelly Slone, president and chief executive officer of BioUtah. “Each person and organization being recognized has played a significant role in advancing Utah’s life sciences community. We’re honored to celebrate their contributions to life-saving innovation, education and building thriving new enterprises from the ground up right here in our state.”

Honorees include:

Outstanding Individual Contribution Award: Ashok Khandkar, chief executive officer of Xenecor, and Kelly Powers, former vice president of science and technology for C.R. Bard, who were recognized for substantial scientific, service and/or professional contributions to Utah’s life sciences community.

Khandkar was recognized for his 30-year career in founding and capitalizing ventures and launching groundbreaking products. He has 40 U.S. and international patents. In 2010, he won the Utah Governor’s Science and Technology Medal for successfully pioneering a new class of biomaterials for orthopedics.

Powers was recognized for his work at Bard Access Systems. During his tenure there, research and development became one of the company’s fastest-growing divisions. Powers holds 50 U.S. patents, largely in medical devices, and more than 200 international patents. In 2011, he received the Utah Governor’s Science and Technology Medal.

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