The AIChE Foundation establishes endowment to support the new Cato T. Laurencin Regenerative Engineering Society Founders’ Award

An expert in biomaterials science, stem cell technology, and nanotechnology, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is the founder of the AIChE Regenerative Engineering Society (RES).

To celebrate Dr. Laurencin’s leadership in the field of regenerative engineering and his impact on cultivating a more diverse and inclusive chemical engineering community, RES established the Cato T. Laurencin Founders’ Award. This new award has been generously endowed by lead benefactors MIMEDX and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

“Through his teaching and mentoring, Dr. Laurencin has encouraged countless researchers and teachers to solve complex challenges,” said Burroughs Wellcome Fund President and CEO Dr. Louis J. Muglia. “We look forward to the new directions awardees will take due to the development of regenerative engineering research, production, and education systems.”

Timothy R. Wright, MIMEDX Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As a pioneer in the field of regenerative engineering, Dr. Laurencin’s discoveries and achievements have pushed the boundaries of science in the service of human health. As a celebration of his work, MIMEDX is proud to have Dr. Laurencin’s acclaimed experience on our Board of Directors and honored to be one of the lead benefactors endowing the inaugural groundbreaking award.”

The inaugural Laurencin Founders’ Award will be presented by RES at the 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting. Recipients will receive a $2,500 award and a commemorative plaque, and will be invited to provide a lecture. The annual award is endowed by the AIChE Foundation in the name of Cato T. Laurencin. With a focus on international impact, the award is open to all researchers, teachers, and mentors in the field. 

To ensure the Laurencin RES Founder’s Award is granted each year in perpetuity, the AIChE Foundation invites our broader community to support the endowment. Please consider making a gift today in honor of Dr. Laurencin and to celebrate the transformative power of regenerative engineering research, teaching, and mentorship.