2013 Blavatnik Regional Awards Gala

On November 18th, the New York Academy of Sciences celebrated regional institutions and individuals who have made New York the newest, most vibrant international hub for groundbreaking science and technology, and honored the seven winners and five finalists of the 2013 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

The 2013 Blavatnik Awards honorees were selected for their exceptional research from a pool of over 160 nominations submitted by 43 research institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Winners and finalists received unrestricted cash prizes and were awarded with medals.

During the Academy’s Science & the City Gala, where the Awards ceremony was held, Richard Roberts, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1993), Chief Scientific Officer of the New England Biolabs, and Blavatnik Awards judge announced the national expansion of the Blavatnik Awards. Dr. Roberts spoke about the importance of recognizing and supporting young scientists: “I am a great believer in and advocate for young people. In the current funding situation at NIH they often have a difficult time getting a grant to pursue independent research until they are past their prime. This is a great tragedy and one we need to correct. I hope the Blavatnik Awards will help young scientists get funding since it is a mark of their excellence that they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

To see the full list of the 2013 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists honorees, please click here.

On Sunday evening, November 17th, the Blavatnik Family Foundation hosted a cocktail reception in honor of the winners and finalists (past and present), and judges of the Blavatnik Awards at The Metropolitan Club.

To view the pre-Gala cocktail reception highlights please click here.

  • Ruslan Medzhitov, Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University; Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO at the New York Academy of Sciences; and Len Blavatnik, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation
  • Mercedes Gorre, Executive Director of the Blavatnik Awards, congratulating 2013 honoree Xiankai Sun
  • 2013 Blavatnik Awards honoree Bi-Sen Ding receiving his award
  • Ruslan Medzhitov, winner of the 2007 Blavatnik Awards and member of the Scientific Advisory Council, congratulating 2013 honoree Mariangela Lisanti
  • Len Blavatnik, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, with the 2013 Blavatnik Awards honorees