To the Pennsylvania Life Sciences Community: 
I am pleased to announce Dr. Dietrich Stephan has been selected as the recipient of Life Sciences PA’s 2017 Thought Leader of the Year Award, to be presented at our Annual Dinner March 14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The Life Sciences PA Thought Leader of the Year Award honors an individual who has a clearly articulated and enacted vision for advancing the scientific and business prowess of Pennsylvania; has harnessed diverse resources to implement that vision; has advanced Pennsylvania as a hub of the life sciences; and has established broad, diverse support for his/her efforts to improve the lives of patients. 
Dietrich Stephan is the Chief Executive Officer of LifeX in Pittsburgh. He is a renowned human geneticist and entrepreneur. His vision for, and ultimate launch of, LifeX was a crowning achievement for the life sciences community of Pennsylvania – for our scientific and business communities and for the ultimate beneficiary: patients. He conceived of and led the LifeX project, which initially focused on cancer, Alzheimer's, multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, obesity and diabetes and rare genetic diseases. LifeX's initiative amplifies University of Pittsburgh's ongoing efforts to translate discovery and invention in the lab to the marketplace and to address public health issues.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stephan and thanking him for his bold vision and dedication to advance Pennsylvania as the hub of the life sciences industry.
We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Dinner on March 14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For more information about the Annual Dinner and to register,  click here .
All the best, 
Christopher P. Molineaux
President & CEO