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End of the Year Awards


This year, we have the pleasure of creating an awards program. Anyone can submit a candidate for the awards. Submissions are open through October 15th. Each award has different requirements, so please take the time to read through the requirements. The scoring criteria is tied to the questions in the submission form. Although it is not required to answer all the questions, the more informed the judges are, the easier to assess the winner.

Winners will be announced at the ISPE San Diego Chapter's End of the Year Celebration Event on December 7th, 2023, at the Hilton Torrey Pines. 

ISPE Awards Details

Awards Categories

The awards are as follows: 

Most Innovative Product Award 

Purpose / Mission Statement:

Celebrate local company’s success story, pushing the limits of the healthcare industry, and it’s impact to the community / population / world. 


  • Release of Product between January 1, 2018 through July, 1, 2023. 
  • Entries may be submitted by the owner/manufacturer or by another company on behalf of the owner/manufacturer; however, the entry must be approved by the owner/manufacturer. If applying on a company's / owner's / manufacturer's behalf, ensure the contact information of the company / owner / manufacturer is provided; otherwise the entry may be subject to disqualification.
  • All elements of the application must be completed, or the application will be disqualified. 
Example products:  
  • Oncology 
  • Orphan drugs 
  • Unmet medical needs 
  • Diabetes 
  • Women's Health​ 
  • Data Management & Analytics​ 
  • Single-Use Processes​ 
  • Precision Medicine ​ 
  • Bioprinting 
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution 
  • Medical devices 
  • Diagnostics 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Solid Oral Dosage 
  • Best Innovation 
  • New technology 

Submission Form:

Most Innovative Product Award Submission Form

Best Work Place Award

Purpose / Mission Statement:

Evaluate and recognize a life science company in San Diego that prioritizes a people-centered culture and giving employees a voice. 


  • All elements of the application must be completed, or the application will be disqualified. 
  • Only current employees may submit for the award. 
  • Ideal candidates are companies in the life sciences field, including biotechnology, diagnostics, laboratories, Research and Development organizations, pharmaceutical companies. 
  • Companies have at least 25 employees 
  • Company can be startups to multinational organizations. 
  • It is preferred that only one submission is made per company.  
  • Company must supply feedback from employees on employment experience. This may be anonymous with respect to personnel. If not supplied, the general employee feedback form below may be used in place.  

Submission Form:

Form for the candidate: Best Work Place Award Submission Form

Form for general employee feedback: Employees Feedback Form

Data Guardian Award 

Purpose / Mission Statement:

The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate exceptional cyber security innovations in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and science industries that safeguard sensitive data, intellectual property, and research findings from cyber threats. The award aims to promote a culture of cyber security awareness and best practices within these industries.


  • Implementation should be between January 1, 2018 through July, 1, 2023. 
  • All elements of the application must be completed, or the application will be disqualified. 

ISPE has made the following their key cyber security initiatives:

  • Cyber Security Risk Management: Ensuring that pharmaceutical, biotech, and science organizations have robust cyber risk management practices in place, following industry standards and guidelines.
  • Training and Education: Promoting awareness and education on cyber security best practices, as well as developing and offering training programs for professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and science industries.
  • Information Sharing: Encouraging the sharing of cyber threat intelligence and best practices among industry stakeholders to foster a collective approach to cyber security.
  • Collaboration: Facilitating collaboration between public and private sector entities, including regulatory authorities, to establish a unified approach to cyber security in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and science industries.

Submission Form:

Data Guardian Award Submission Form

Best Facility Project Award 

Purpose / Mission Statement:

Showcase the accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operations:

  • Fast-track project delivery through the innovative use of modular design
  • Effective use of innovative process technology combined with practical functionality
  • Extraordinary planning, flexibility, and adaptability to ensure existing features meet the future needs of the facility
  • Use of key innovations throughout the project to meet and exceed business needs
  • Innovative approach to industrial facility design
  • Unique combination of established industry best practices that optimize processes, ensure team-oriented project delivery, drive collaboration and increase overall speed to market
  • Flexibility for ease of pivot, broad application, speedy transitions


  • Facilities must have completed construction and major systems validation between January 1, 2018 through July, 1, 2023.
  • Entries may be submitted by the owner/manufacturer or by another company on behalf of the owner/manufacturer; however, the entry must be approved and signed by the owner/manufacturer and the owner must sign the Program Entry.
  • Facility project may pertain to Manufacturing, CMO’s, CTL’s Test Labs, CRO’s, Incubators, QC Labs, Contract Cleanrooms / Lab Benches, etc.
  • The following types of projects may be submitted:
    •  Interior renovation of an existing facility,
    •  Facility addition,
    •  Newly constructed, free-standing facility, or
    •  Substantial improvement to production efficiency
  • A question / prompt from each section of the application must be completed, or the application will be disqualified.

Submission Form:

Best Facility Project Award Submission Form

Women in Pharm / STEM Award 

Purpose / Mission Statement:

Celebrate a Woman in the Pharmaceutical / STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, that has positively impacted the industry. This important initiative was created to celebrate the commitment, perseverance, professionalism and competence of women who work in the Life Sciences and:

  • Is an exceptional role model for other women, minorities in the industry
    • Mentoring / nurturing coworkers
    • Peer of equals, advocate of equality
  • Has supported projects and / or initiatives such as:
    • Innovative projects to improve efficiency, quality, "smart" compliance
    • Sustainability projects
    • Special initiatives for knowledge sharing activities in the founding spirit of ISPE
    • Digital transformation project in production or data analytics (Pharma 4.0™)
    • Project in the context of new therapeutic modalities


You can nominate yourself or others for this award and we welcome individuals from all levels of career.

Submission Form:

Women in Pharm / STEM Award Submission Form

Most Supportive Company Award

Purpose / Mission Statement:

Celebrate a San Diego company that has supported the local San Diego ISPE Chapter during the past active year (Sept 2022 – Sept 2023).

In October 2023, the San Diego Board Members will review past events, interactions, commitments, and support from companies and individuals in the past year (Sept 2022 – Sept 2023). 

Score Criteria: 

Hosting Events30%
Provided discussion topics / moderator / speaker20%
Event attendance15%
Supports ISPE Community of Practice15%
Engaged with the SD board or on the Advisory Board10%
Promote / post events for employee engagement10%

Feel free to apply for one or all the awards! 

Looking forward to reviewing all the candidate submissions and Good Luck!