The editors at Xconomy have been working hard the last few weeks putting together the program for the Xconomy Awards Gala.

We are really excited to announce the two winners of the Xconomy Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more than 20 years until her recent retirement, she headed up MIT’s tech transfer office, helping to broker countless licensing deals between MIT and companies, and spinning out many startups to commercialize MIT research in life sciences and other areas.

George Whitesides, Harvard UniversityName any hot area of research in chemistry and materials science, and chances are you’ll find George Whitesides and his lab at Harvard at the forefront: microfluidics, nanotechnology, soft robotics, to name a few.

One of the country’s most cited chemists, Whitesides co-founded Genzyme, along with about a dozen other companies.

You can see more about the Awards here and the list of finalists here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on September 26, when Nelsen, Whitesides and the rest of the winners will be presented with their awards.