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The Nucleus Awards celebrate leaders fostering a more innovative, collaborative, and equitable future

The Nucleus Awards

An evening of celebration, networking and connecting. The Nucleus Awards honor the region’s leaders in innovation and recognize visionaries who are commercializing promising technology, allocating capital, convening the community, and cultivating our STEM workforce.

The annual event convenes the region’s leaders, innovators, groundbreakers and champion networkers for an evening of celebrating and connecting, all while supporting Philadelphia’s future as a leader in science and technology innovation.

Join 250+ innovation leaders for a night of celebration with a cocktail reception and a short award ceremony, followed by food and networking.

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Evening Agenda:

5:30P - 6:30P

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres

6:30P - 7:30P

Awards Reception

7:30P - 8:30P

Networking & Dessert

Commercialization Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercialization of innovative science and technology. The awardee is a catalyst in the acceleration of technology transfer. By identifying and developing new and creative ways to transition discoveries to the marketplace, the awardee has a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, or the welfare of society.

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Capital Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has intentionally sourced and invested in minority-owned startups or founders with the purpose of mobilizing capital to unlock innovation. The Capital awardee is investing in diverse minds to make transformative change in the STEM ecosystem.

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Cultivator Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions in creating a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline in the STEM sectors. The awardee has demonstrated leadership and commitment in building a sustainable workforce that represents the community at large.

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Convener Award

Recognizes an individual or organization that has generated new ideas or solutions through collaboration, placemaking or unique introductions. The awardee has removed barriers to connect assets, resources and strengths of diverse people and organizations to advance civic interests and improve lives.

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Meet our 2023 Nucleus Award Honorees

Commercialization Award

Daniel M. Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, and President, Lilly Research Laboratories
Eli Lilly and Company

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Capital Award

Margaret Berger Bradley

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Ben Franklin Technology Partners

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Cultivator Award

Sheila D. Ireland

President & CEO
Philadelphia OIC

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Convener Award

Sulaiman W. Rahman

President & CEO

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The 2023 Nucleus Awards

2023 Nucleus Awards News & Updates


Four Leaders to be Honored by the Science Center at 2023 Nucleus Awards

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Dan Skovronsky: At the Frontlines in a Battle Against Alzheimer’s


Margaret Berger Bradley: Fusing Public Purpose with Market Discipline


Sheila Ireland: Opportunities For All


Sulaiman Rahman: Advancing Racial Equity

What the 2023 Nucleus Awards winners hope for Philly’s innovation future

Nucleus Awards Sponsorship

Monies raised through The Nucleus Awards directly support the programs of the Science Center, the life-changing technologies these programs deliver, and the continuation of Philadelphia as a pioneer in science and technology. Thank you to our Nucleus Sponsors as champions of Philadelphia’s innovation community.

The Nucleus Award provides exceptional branding and visibility opportunities in front of 250+ innovators, investors, and civic leaders who influence and support the region’s innovation ecosystem.

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