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The iCON Awards celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders whose work provides the basis for life sciences developments worldwide.


The iCON awards supports the mission of the iBIO Institute, a 501(c)3 Public Charity, which orchestrates business leadership in delivery of world-class educational after-school programs and summer STEM camps for girls grades 3-8 in underserved Illinois schools.


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2018 iCON Award Honorees

Civic iCON Award - The Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute
For more than 30 years, the research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has been conducted through Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, which focuses on improving child health and transforming pediatric medicine to ensure healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge. Thomas Shanley, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital and President and Chief Research Officer at The Manne Research Institute, will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

iCON Entrepreneurial Award – Sean Nolan, CEO of AveXis
Nolan has served as the CEO of AveXis since 2015 and recently led the company through a dynamic growth period which included the generation of transformational clinical data for its lead product that treats patients suffering from Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic cause of infant mortality.

iCON Innovator Award – Dr. Maryellen Giger, the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago
Dr. Giger is considered to be one of the pioneers in the development of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD). She has authored or co-authored more than 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, is an inventor on over 35 U.S. patents, and serves as a reviewer for various national and international granting agencies including the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Army.

iCON Knowledge Builder Award – Allison Hennings, biology teacher at Oak Park River Forest High School
Ms. Hennings leads the school’s award-winning independent research program at OPRF. Before becoming a high school teacher, Ms. Hennings was an intensive care nurse at Loyola University’s Medical Center.

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