Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists and the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation for 2013
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard C. Conti are pleased to announce Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2013 and the recipient of the governor’s Award for Science Innovation presented by Altria. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will present the awards at the Science Museum of Virginia’s General Assembly Reception tomorrow, Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m.
“I am honored to recognize Virginia’s top science talents for 2013,” said Governor McDonnell. “This year’s outstanding scientists are known worldwide for their contributions in predicting forest development, growth and yield, and for becoming the world’s foremost expert in the field of biomineralization. The company receiving the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation has developed technology that uses copper to enhance everything from footwear, clothing and cosmetics to hard surfaces. I hope that their creativity, contributions and dedication will inspire other Virginians in their scientific studies and pursuits.”
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling said, “On behalf of the Governor, I am pleased to present Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist Awards and the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation again this year. These recipients have exhibited un-paralleled ingenuity and creativity to advance discoveries benefiting not only Virginians but citizens around the word. Their scientific research is further proof that Virginia’s science sector and research universities are continuing to thrive and grow and will help drive Virginia’s economy into the future.”
“Once again we have a chance to recognize globally significant scientific research taking place across Virginia,” said Conti. “These individuals are improving our quality of life through their stellar accomplishments.”
Governor’s Award for Science Innovation presented by Altria
A private global company based in Richmond, Virginia, and Israel, Cupron is the developer of a proprietary and patented technology that transforms regular products into extraordinary ones by introducing the unique properties of copper, an essential element of the human body.
Cupron Enhanced products — including hard surfaces, footwear, clothing and cosmetics — are helping to improve people’s lives in the consumer, industrial, military and healthcare fields. Whether it is a hospital sheet that is turned into an antimicrobial device, military socks that extend soldier field time or a pillowcase that is turned into a cosmetic device — Cupron improves the quality of life.
In 2010, the world followed the amazing story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a collapsed mine, 2000 feet underground, for 69 days. The physical conditions they encountered in the mine — dirt, high temperature and high humidity — were an ideal environment for fungal and bacterial growth. Cupron Enhanced antimicrobial socks were supplied to the trapped miners through the capsule on day 36 of their ordeal and protected them until their rescue. Cupron’s humanitarian help received headlines around the world.
Cupron and EOS Surfaces, a solid surface manufacturer, jointly received EPA approval to make a Public Health Claim that their copper-enhanced material can kill greater than 99.9% of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria within two hours of exposure, including MRSA, one of the most common strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Cupron has microbiologists, virologists and chemical scientists working in U.S. and Israel-based laboratories. With these resources, Cupron constantly invests in expanding the technology’s boundaries and constantly researches new antimicrobial skin enhancement applications for copper.
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