Shekhar honored with prestigious Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year award

October 11, 2018

For his vast contributions to research, education and entrepreneurship, Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine and founding director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, was named 2018 Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year.

The highly regarded award was a surprise to Shekhar when it was presented on Wednesday, October 10, as part of BioCrossroads’ annual Indiana Life Sciences Summit. The Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year award is named in honor of the late August M. Watanabe, former chairman of BioCrossroads. BioCrossroads presents the annual Watanabe award to a person or organization that has made or enabled unique achievements in the development of the state’s life sciences and healthcare research, clinical, educational or economic advancement.

IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, said Shekhar is especially deserving of this award.

“Anantha is a nationally recognized researcher, principal investigator of our IU Precision Health Grand Challenge, which is working to cure diseases prevalent in the lives of Hoosiers, and has been filling the research talent pipeline throughout our state,” Hess said. “Dr. Shekhar’s impact is felt across Indiana as he continues to advance research from our laboratories to patients through our partnership at IU Health.”

Shekhar also serves as distinguished professor and associate vice president of research and clinical affairs at Indiana University. For more on Shekhar’s honor, read the full Faculty News blog post.