Thursday, September 12, 2013

Golden Goose Announces New Batch of Awards for Pioneering Researchers

The creators of the Golden Goose Award announced two more sets of award winners whose federally-funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in tremendous societal and economic benefit. 

Researchers behind a marriage algorithm, the National Kidney Exchange and the discovery of a new bacterium that helped launch the biotech industry, will be honored during the 2nd annual award ceremony on Sept. 19.

Mathematicians Lloyd Shapley and David Gale (deceased) and economist Alvin Roth are being recognized for their work which led to the national kidney exchange and other programs such as the national matching program for new medical residents and hospitals. Microbiologist Thomas Brock and glycobiologist Hudson Freeze are being recognized for their discovery that helped make possible the biotechnology industry and the genomics revolution.

Dr. John Eng, whose Golden Goose Award was announced earlier this year, will also be honored for his work with Gila monster venom that led to an important new treatment for diabetes that helps to prevent the onset of complications such as blindness and kidney failure.

The Golden Goose Award was created in 2012 by a coalition of organizations that believe federally-funded basic scientific research is the cornerstone of American innovation and essential to our economic growth, health, global competitiveness, and national security. Award recipients are selected by a panel of respected scientists and university research leaders.

Additional information about the Golden Goose Award, including videos and other information on the 2012 award winners, can be found at