Thursday, January 23, 2020


Celebrating Innovation in Research



6:00 PM




PHILA, PA 19130


University President, Richard M. Englert, and the Vice President for Research, Michele Masucci, are proud to honor Temple’s top inventors distinguished in research at the third annual President’s Innovation Award Gala.


Fueled by more than $279 million in annual research expenditures and 40,000 students, Temple’s innovation pipeline features a diverse mix of technologies and generates 61+ research-based inventions per year.


Temple University’s Office of the Vice President for Research empowers student, faculty, staff and alumni innovators to develop research that impacts economic development, solves societal problems, opens new fields of discovery and creates sustainable technologies and businesses for the next generation. There are currently 50+ active spinouts developing Temple made innovations, representing a diverse mix of schools and colleges.



6:00 PM

Cocktail reception

7:00 PM

Dinner and awards program

8:00 PM

Dessert and networking





College of Engineering

College of Liberal Arts

College of Public Health

College of Science and Technology

FOX School of Business

The Office of Exec. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

The Office of Government Affairs

Trustee Paul Curcillo

Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry

School of Pharmacy

University College / Ambler Campus

Cardiovascular Research Center

Center for Translational Medicine

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President’s Award for Discovery

Erik Cordes, Ph.D

Vice Chair, Ecology and Integrative Biology, Department of Biology 

Dr. Cordes works in some of the most remote environments on Earth through his exploration of the deep sea. He has worked on the ecology and conservation of the deep sea for over 20 years, spending over a year at sea on more than 25 research cruises and making 35+ dives in the manned submersibles Alvin and Johnson Sea-Link.


Dr. Cordes and his team recently made headlines for the discovery of a coral reef off the coast of South Carolina, an entirely intact and healthy reef along the seafloor which extends for nearly 85 miles and is much further out and deeper than other reefs of its species.

President’s Award for Applied Research and Innovation

Rominder Suri , Ph.D

Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Water, Environment and Technology Center (WET) 

Dr. Suri’s research involves the evaluation of emerging contaminants, water quality, and advance oxidation processes for the pharmaceutical industry.


He is being honored for his groundbreaking work on advancing technologies to remove contaminants from water in different environmental settings around the Globe. Most recently securing a $4.25 million grant to support water research and educational activities.

President’s Award for Public Impact Research

Grace X. Ma, Ph.D

Associate Dean, Health Disparities, Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Dr. Ma is a nationally recognized behavioral health scientist and leader in health disparities research with a stellar track record in attracting federal funding sustained over two decades. This has culminated with the award of an NIH U54, a $13.5 M Grant to study cancer disparities through the work of the Center for Asian Health and partnering institutions including Fox Chase and Hunter College. Her community-based participatory research (CBPR) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) focus on early detection, patient navigation, cancer prevention and control, chronic diseases, smoking cessation, and access/quality of healthcare in underserved Asian Pacific American, African American and other diverse health disparity populations.

President’s Spinout Award


Riyaz Bashir, Marvin Woodall, and Michael Cerminaro

Founded in 2016 as a combination spinout/spinin company, Thrombolex, Inc. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of innovative endovascular catheters used in interventional procedures, particularly in catheter-directed  thrombolysis (CDT) of large thrombus in patients affected by acute venous thromboembolic (VTE) conditions.

Champion of Research Award 

Peter Doukas, Ph.D

Former Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Through his role as a faculty member and Dean, Dr. Doukas contributed to and advocated the growth of a culture of research that centers on interdisciplinary and collaborative research. This has led to the establishment of the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery in 2009, first invested in by the University and later endowed by Trustee Lonnie Moulder, a graduate of the school. The center now sits at the crossroads of biomedical research and commercialization activity, and is a blueprint for much of the collaborative work now being done across the university in many different disciplines.

Past Recipients, 2018

Past Recipients, 2017



Arthur Feldman and Magdalene Cook

Translational Research Award

Express Cells

Oscar Perez Leal and Matt Handel

Translational Research Award


Ofo Ezeugwu

Translational Research Award

RoseAnn B. Rosenthal

RoseAnn B. Rosenthal

Champion of Research Award

Marla Wolfson, MS, Ph.D

President’s Award, Career Achievement for Inventions and Patents

Kamel Khalili, Ph.D

President’s Award, Outstanding Achievements in Translational Research

Lew Gould, Trustee

Recognition on behalf of the Board of Trustees, President’s Award, Champions of Research




Temple University’s contributions to the Philadelphia innovation economy ring throughout the region. We are proud to celebrate Temple’s impact on the local ecosystem close to home, on North Broad Street.

Event Location:


600 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130

Complimentary valet parking is provided.


For general questions regarding the Gala, please email, call 215-204-6875. 

For questions related to sponsorship, contact Kate Cassidy at

2020 President's Innovation Gala // January 23 // 6-9PM  // 600 North Broad Street

Complimentary valet parking provided.