RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— Triangle Business Journal recognized Doris Rouse, vice president of the center for global health at RTI International, as a 2017 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Life Sciences.
Rouse was honored for dedicating her career to developing innovations for global health through the formation of partnerships between government, industry and universities. Her expertise in this area has led to service as project director for three Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants to advance public- and private-sector collaborations to develop improved technologies for global health needs.
The real-world impact of her extensive experience in forming public and private consortia has been significant. For example, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, which she played a major role in forming, has led to promising new drug development for tuberculosis, the world’s leading cause of death due to infectious disease. In its first year, Combatting Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria Accelerator (CARB-X), for which she is leading the effort to identify and advance the development of promising new therapeutics and diagnostics for drug resistant bacteria, will receive $50 million to support research partnerships.
"I am fortunate to work at an Institute whose mission is to improve the human condition," Rouse said. "Our teams of talented, committed RTI staff are addressing important global health needs."
The Life Sciences Awards recognize individuals and research organizations that are breaking ground in this field. Life sciences is a broad field that represents a number of focus areas, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, clinical research, genomics, medical device manufacturing, agri-science and many others. Award recipients were selected by judges, composed of TBJ staff and Triangle-area business leaders.
“The Triangle area is such a hotbed for the burgeoning life sciences industry,” said TBJ publisher Jason Christie. “It’s an honor to recognize these individuals and companies that are doing such life-changing work.”
These 11 winners were honored at an awards luncheon May 5 at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary.