Spring 2016

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Northwestern’s International Institute for Nanotechnology has long been recognized as a global leader in nanotechnology in general and nanomedicine in particular, bringing together more than $800 million in nanotechnology infrastructure, research and education.

The IIN’s research has helped transition nanomedicine from a laboratory curiosity to life-changing technologies that are positively impacting the world.

Now, a gift made through We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern by University Trustee David G. Kabiller ’85, ’87 MBA has enabled the IIN to establish the biennial $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine and the $10,000 Kabiller Young Investigator Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine. 

“The IIN at Northwestern University is a hub of excellenc e in the field of nanotechnology. As such, it is the perfect organization from which to launch an award to recognize outstanding achievements that have the potential to substantially benefit society,” says Kabiller, a member of IIN’s executive council and co-founder of AQR Capital Management, a global investment management firm in Greenwich, Conn.

Kabiller Prize
Kabiller Prize recipients Joseph M. DeSimone (center) and Warren Chan (far right) with, from left, Northwestern Trustee David G. Kabiller ’85, ’87 MBA; Eric Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine; and Chad Mirkin, IIN director and George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry

In September the IIN honored two of the world’s leading nanotechnology researchers with these new awards, highlighting their achievements and reflecting the IIN’s global stature.

Joseph M. DeSimone, a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the institute’s inaugural Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for his work using nanoparticles to develop new cancer treatments, inhalable therapeutics for treating pulmonary diseases and next-generation vaccines for malaria, pneumonia and dengue.

Warren Chan, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, received the inaugural Kabiller Young Investigator Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for the development of a diagnostic device that provides results to patients infected with HIV and hepatitis B in less than an hour.

“Nanotechnology is one of the areas of distinction at Northwestern University,” says Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “We are very grateful to David for his support and look forward to ensuring that these prestigious awards recognize significant achievements and inspire interdisciplinary inventors for years to come.”