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Genentech & IDEO Leaders to Receive The Edison Achievement Award for Innovation Excellence

Chicago, IL, December 02, 2008 --( The Edison Award Steering Committee (, today announced Mr. David Kelley, Founder and Chairman of IDEO and Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, President of Product Development at Genentech, will receive the prestigious Edison Achievement Award™ on April 1, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. These awards are sponsored by the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, a globally recognized research project dedicated to the study of innovation and its application in the 21st century.

David Kelley, is being honored for his pioneering contributions to the design of breakthrough products, services, and experiences for consumers, as well as his development of an innovative culture that has had broad impact. He is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist and has been recognized as one of America's leading design innovators. Mr. Kelley is also the Donald W. Whittier chaired professor in the leading edge Product Design program at Stanford University, and creator of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the ""

“David’s leadership in the education of multiple generations of thinkers stands as a testament to his extraordinary vision for our nation’s future,” said Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison, and Chairperson of the Edison Awards Steering Committee.

Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann is being honored for her groundbreaking efforts to transform cancer drug development and cancer treatment options. As President of Product Development at Genentech, she is responsible for the company’s Process Research & Development, Business Development, Product Portfolio Management, and Alliance Management. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was appointed to the California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees in July 2008. Named to the Biotech Hall of Fame in 2007, she was an honoree of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s “Woman of the Year” for 2006, and was also named again this year to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list. She also appears on The Wall Street Journal’s prestigious “Women To Watch” list.

Sarah Miller Caldicott expounds, "Dr. Desmond-Hellmann’s accomplishments inspire women of all ages to pursue innovation in their careers, and ensure that appropriate diversity exists within the roster of Edison Achievement Award winners."

About The Edison Awards:
The Edison Achievement Award™ honors business leaders who have displayed the persistence, collaboration, and creativity necessary to promote successful innovation in their organizations. The Edison Best New Product Award™ recognizes the persistence and excellence Thomas Edison personified, which have allowed America to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. For more information about The Edison Awards, visit

About Thomas A. Edison Papers:
The Thomas A. Edison Papers, a research center at Rutgers University, is dedicated to a wider understanding of the legacy of America’s most prolific inventor and innovator. This is accomplished through books, articles, media appearances, Internet services, community outreach, and educational collaborations. The Edison Papers is a digital humanities flagship with a robust website ( that attracts over 700,000 visitors annually. For more information or to become a member of The Edison Papers, visit or call Rachel Weissenburger at 732-445-8511x10.

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