UGA, Merial receive 2014 Phoenix Award for collaborative partnership
Dr. Harry W. Dickerson, left, the CVM's associate dean for research and graduate affairs, and Bob Nordgren, head of external innovation for Merial, accept their Phoenix Award from the Metro Atlanta Chamber in January 2014. Photo by Mahan Photography.
The University of Georgia and Merial are among the recipients of the 2014 Phoenix Awards, sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber. The award recognizes Merial’s university-wide partnership, including the many ways in which Merial partners with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Phoenix Awards are presented annually by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council in conjunction with Georgia Bio to recognize the year's best collaboration between an academic institution and a company that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of Georgia’s bioscience industry.
The UGA CVM and Merial have worked together since 1985 in a variety of ways aimed at improving both human and animal health, as well as the education provided to the College’s students. Examples of our partnership include:
- An ongoing exchange of information between UGA CVM faculty and Merial’s scientists that impacts both product development and research at UGA;
- Funding from Merial to the CVM that supports the College’s research and service activities;
- Funding from Merial that supports the CVM’s annual Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program;
- Funding from Merial that supports an emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases residency program within the College’s Department of Infectious Diseases, which results in more comprehensive training with a better view of industry needs;
- $2 million in license revenue to the University of Georgia through poultry vaccines developed at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, which is based within the College’s Department of Population Health; this money is re-invested in research at UGA;
- The 2013 UGA-Merial Innovation Forum, a day-long event featuring speakers from Merial and UGA which resulted in more formalized guidance of additional joint activities, a new master services agreement, and continued discussions about development of products based on UGA technologies.
While Merial has an active partnership with the CVM that benefits the College, its students, and its programs in many ways, the above examples are among the specific reasons why Merial and UGA were chosen for the 2014 Phoenix Award.
“It is deeply gratifying to see this recognition of the productive and synergistic collaboration between UGA and Merial," said Dr. Harry W. Dickerson, associate dean for research and graduate affairs at the College. "It has been a long and organic process based, as all good scientific and business partnerships are, on strong interpersonal relationships. This is a sound partnership that will continue to produce outcomes of importance to animal health and agriculture in Georgia and beyond.”
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine wishes to publically thank Merial for its continued support of our programs over the last three decades. We congratulate Merial and the University of Georgia for winning this award, and we look forward to many more decades of celebrating this productive partnership with Merial.
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.