On October 26, 2013, The Wistar Gala was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. This biennial event recognizes people who have had an impact on biomedical research.
This year, the event honored two individuals for their significant contributions to the Wistar Institute over the years. Brian H. Dovey received the Wistar Award, which is given to an individual who reflects the qualities of compassion, integrity, generosity, commitment, and vision that the Institute’s founding members demonstrated.
Brian H. Dovey has been a member of Wistar's Board of Trustees since 1998. He served as Wistar's Board Chair for seven years (2005-2012) and supported its science through his philanthropy and leadership.
Brian's extensive career in life sciences ventures has been an invaluable resource for Wistar in both strategic planning and the building of the new seven-story Robert and Penny Fox Tower.
This year's gala was the first in which the Caspar Wistar Medal of Acheivement was given to honor an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on global health. The first medal was bestowed upon Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., for his work with vaccines.
Stanley Plotkin is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading vaccinologists. An active member of Wistar's research faculty from 1960-1991, he developed or collaborated in the development of several important vaccines, including those for rubella, rabies and rotavirus.
This year’s Wistar Gala raised more than $300,000 and will benefit the Building Wistar, Changing the World campaign. This is a five-year, $35 million initiative which will support the construction of a seven-story, state-of-the-art research tower, build scientific capacity through the addition of at least 10 new laboratories, and ensure the future financial stability of the Institute.