Martine LaBerge, chair of the Department of Bioengineering, received the SEMDA Spotlight Award recognizing her contributions to the development of the Southeastern medical device community.

The award came from the Southeastern Medical Device Association, a non-profit trade association that aims to make the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device and diagnostic companies.

Martine LaBerge, left, received the SEMDA Spotlight Award.

Martine LaBerge, left, received the SEMDA Spotlight Award.

Sam Konduros, a member of the SEMDA board and the president and CEO of SCBIO, said that LaBerge has built Clemson’s bioengineering program into a globally prominent powerhouse.

“Once her name hit the table, we pounced on it,” he said. “The Spotlight award is SEMDA’s equivalent to being honored in the hall of fame, and Dr. LaBerge is beyond deserving. The award recognizes her profound career achievements and incredible contributions to the med-tech industry.  She was an unequivocally unanimous choice for the SEMDA Board as this year’s recipient.”

LaBerge received the award earlier this month when the association held its Medtech Conference in Greenville. It was the first time the award went to a person in South Carolina and to a person in academics.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, congratulated LaBerge on the award.

“The SEMDA Spotlight Award is a testament to the years of hard work and dedication that Dr. LaBerge has put into the Department of Bioengineering,” he said. “This is a well-deserved honor that builds on Clemson’s already excellent reputation in bioengineering.”