|Professor Karen Reynolds named SA Scientist of the Year.
One of South Australia’s leading scientists, Professor Karen Reynolds FTSE – a pioneer in the development of biomedical engineering – has been named South Australia’s Scientist of the Year.
Professor Reynolds became a Fellow of the Academy in 2011 and is Deputy Chair of ATSE’s Health Technology forum. Her achievement in bridging the gulf in the medical devices field between academia and industry was recognised by her award of Professional Engineer of the Year in the 2010 Australian Excellence Awards.
Her achievements include the establishment of spin-out companies and commercialisation licences, coordination of multi-sector initiatives and placements for undergraduate and research students.
SA Science and Information Economy Minister Tom Kenyon said the award recognised Professor Reynold’s outstanding research work, both locally and internationally.
“Professor Reynold’s research aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of medical conditions with projects ranging from designing orthopaedic implants to virtual reality simulators for improved surgical training.
“Her development of the ground-breaking Medical Device Partnering Program has brought together industry, clinical and research partners across the country to bring innovative bioengineering solutions to the market and for the benefit of patients,” Mr Kenyon said.
“Biomedical engineering is one of the key strategic sectors of our economy and one contributing to economic growth all over the world.
“These awards highlight the contributions our scientists make to science and research and the ultimate impact on industry and community of this outstanding work. All the winners and finalists have made a significant contribution to their fields and are to be commended for their commitment to excellence.”
The awards saw 10 of the State’s top scientists share in $100,000, with Professor Reynolds taking home $20,000.