19th Annual Pantheon Awards – Celebrating Excellence in the Life Sciences Sector Award Category Descriptions and Eligibility Criteria

For the past 19 years, California Life Sciences (CLS) has recognized the state’s leaders from across the pharmaceutical, biotech and other allied industries to pay tribute to those making exceptional contributions to the life sciences industry. The Pantheon awards recognize excellence and celebrate the contributions and achievements of leading life sciences innovators representing therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, and industrial biotechnology companies. For the first time, we are overhauling all award categories to best represent and include our diverse life sciences ecosystem.

Celebrating Excellence in…

Academia, Non-profits, & Research

Presented to a non-profit, academic, or research organization that made the greatest advancement in, and/or the greatest overall contribution to, the California life sciences sector in the prior year.

Eligibility Criteria: Any academic, non-profit, or research organization headquartered in California can be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones from the previous year (June 2021-present) that set this organization apart. Milestones can include but are not limited to: scientific breakthroughs or new partnerships that will foster future advancements for the industry.

BioPharma

Presented to a biotech or pharmaceutical company that made the greatest advancement in, and/or the greatest overall contribution to, the California life sciences sector in the prior year.

Eligibility Criteria: Any biotech or pharmaceutical company either headquartered in California, or a company with significant presence in California, can be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones from the previous year (June 2021-present) that set this company apart. Milestones can include but are not limited to: product launch, scientific breakthrough, facility openings, employee growth, or partnering deals/acquisitions that will foster future advancements for the industry.

Convergent Technologies: MedTech, Digital, & Diagnostics

Presented to medical device, digital health, or medical diagnostic companies that made the greatest advancement in, and/or the greatest overall contribution to, the California life sciences sector in the prior year.

Eligibility Criteria: Any medical device, digital health, or medical diagnostic company either headquartered in California, or a company with significant presence in California, can be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones from the previous year (June 2021-present) that set this company apart. Milestones can include but are not limited to: product launch, scientific breakthrough, facility openings, employee growth, or partnering deals/acquisitions that will foster future advancements for the industry.

Elizabeth Schar Inspiring Future Leaders

Presented to an educator (working or retired), community advocate, program or business leader that has set an example for others in California’s life sciences industry by highlighting and promoting inclusivity and empowerment, resources and mentorship, and/or professional development to foster greater involvement between life sciences students, educators, and industry.

Eligibility Criteria: The individual or organization must be based in California and demonstrate a significant commitment to our communities through STEM, mentorship, and/or professional development that will promote inclusivity in our next generation leaders. Nominations should include milestones and achievements from their career/program duration and how that impacted the life sciences sector and our future leaders.

Emerging Innovation

Presented to an emerging life sciences company whose achievement during the preceding year shows potential to make significant contributions to the future of the life sciences. This award highlights up-and-coming California-based innovators who are making strides towards transforming the life sciences landscape.

Eligibility Criteria: Life sciences companies founded within the last ten (10) years and headquartered in California are eligible to be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones from the previous year (June 2021-present) that set this company apart.

Leadership

Presented to an individual or individuals who demonstrate their commitment to make the world a better place by employing new, innovative business models and practices in support of their team and the life sciences. They will be recognized for overall achievement in and contribution to the California life sciences community, ability to create and execute on a vision, mentorship of future leaders, notable track record of value-creation, and support of initiatives that impact the patients we serve.

Eligibility Criteria: Any individual, working or retired, from life sciences industry, supportive service industries, government or academic research institutions is eligible to be nominated for this award. Organizations, such as companies, universities, government agencies and patient groups, are not eligible. Only individuals who have significantly contributed to the California life sciences industry can be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones and achievements from the individual’s career and their impact on the life sciences sector.

Synthetic & Ag Bio

Presented to a synthetic or agricultural bio company that made the greatest advancement in, and/or the greatest overall contribution to, the California life sciences sector in the prior year.

Eligibility Criteria: Any synthetic or agricultural bio company either headquartered in California, or a company with significant presence in California, can be nominated for this award. Nominations should include milestones from the previous year (June 2021-present) that set this company apart. Milestones can include but are not limited to: product launch, scientific breakthrough, facility openings, employee growth, or partnering deals/acquisitions that will foster future advancements for the industry.

Important Dates:

  • July 13: Nominations open
  • August 26: Nominations close
  • October 3: Announce finalists, public voting opens
  • October 14: Public voting closes
  • November 3: Winners announced at the 19th annual Pantheon Awards event

Nominations:

Award nominations will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on July 13 and end at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on August 26. Entries must be received within the entry period to be eligible. Any nominations received outside of those dates will not be considered. California Life Sciences may, in its sole discretion, extend the nominations end date for a reasonable period. Winners will be announced on November 3, 2022.
Individuals and organizations can be self-nominated, as well as nominated by a peer, colleague or partner. You can apply to as many categories as you would like. However, each submission must be completed separately. All submissions will be evaluated individually.
Submissions can be disqualified if the submission either subjects the submitter, CLS, or Pantheon to legal jeopardy or compromises CLS members’ good will and/or reputation, intellectual property, or trade secret interests.

Judging and Finalist Selection:

The shortlist of finalists will be chosen by the 2022 Pantheon Advisory Committee who will select three to six nominees in each award category and submit these nominations to public voting.

A minimum of three nominees must be received to move the category to the public vote.

The public voting period begins October 3 and ends on October 14. Users shall vote for the entries they feel best meet the criteria set forth above.

Only one vote per unique email address will be accepted and recorded. Samples of fraud include:

  • Voting for others outside your location: The same IP address used for votes by more than one person with different listed locations.
  • Using a bot to create temporary email addresses to automate entry
  • Voting from home and work: Using different email addresses or other information to place two votes from the same person
  • Votes by any person under the age of 14
  • Insufficient contact information to verify a vote

In each category, the finalist with the most votes at the end of the voting period is subject to a final review by the Pantheon Advisory Committee, who may take into account the overall nominations and justifications. The 2022 Pantheon Advisory Committee, in collaboration with CLS, will have ultimate selection authority for the 2022 Pantheon slate of finalists and winners. Decisions by the Pantheon Advisory Committee are final.

Consent:

By submitting an entry, you hereby agree and approve for use by California Life Sciences for marketing purposes the content you submit on the award application form and any modification, derivative form, display, performance and other use thereof in connection with the Pantheon Awards and general marketing. You and your communications team will also have many opportunities to co-market your Pantheon award placement and/or success story which – at a minimum — will include a spotlight profile repurposed from information in your entry.

Eligibility:

The Pantheon Awards (contest), which recognizes the most innovative companies in California on November 3, 2022, is open to California-based companies (headquartered or with operations in the state).