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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Patricia Weeks Receives Prestigious Bayh-Dole Award

Honor recognizes the contributions of Senators Birch Bayh, and Bob Dole, co-authors of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980

PHILADELPHIA (March 23, 2006) - Patricia Weeks, vice president of planning and business development at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was presented with the Bayh-Dole award by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The presentation took place on Friday, March 3rd at AUTM's annual business meeting in Orlando, Fla. Weeks was selected as the recipient of this award for her leadership, vision, mentoring, service and dedication to AUTM and to the practice of academic technology transfer.

AUTM is a non-profit organization that promotes, supports and enhances the global academic technology transfer profession through internal and external education, training and communication. Each year AUTM honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the profession with the Bayh-Dole award, which recognizes the contributions of Senators Birch Bayh, D-Ind., and Bob Dole, R-Kan., co-authors of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980.

"Pat has left an indelible stamp on AUTM and on the field of academic technology transfer through her leadership, her vision, and her mentoring. As technology transfer professionals, we are all indebted to Pat for her untiring efforts and for her vast and lasting contributions to our profession," states Mark Crowell, AUTM president.

At Fox Chase Cancer Center, Weeks is responsible for the negotiation of all commercial agreements, as well as the management of the Center's technology portfolio.

Weeks is a past president of AUTM. In addition, she has served as vice president and president-elect and vice president for professional development. She also has served the Eastern Region of AUTM as vice president and president-elect, and vice president for professional development.

As a respected expert, Weeks has been an invited to speak at many national and international conferences, symposia and workshops on the subject of the transfer of academic technology to the commercial sector. She is also past chairwoman of the executive committee of START, a consortium of area academic organizations, the Ben Franklin Partnership and British Technology Group.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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