The Founders Award is based upon long-term landmark contributions to the discipline of biomaterials. Dr. Ducheyne is a world-renown trailblazer in the field of biomaterials as a researcher and entrepreneur and has shown leadership and dedication to the Society, having served in numerous positions, including past-President. As Professor of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of its Center for Bioactive Materials and Tissue Engineering, he has made major contributions to the field of biomaterials. He has authored about 330 papers and chapters in a variety of international journals and books, and has edited 16 books and book volumes. He has also been granted more than 40 US patents with international counterparts. His papers have been cited about 9,700 times with an “h-factor” of 56; his ten most visible papers have been cited about 2,600 times. Dr. Ducheyne is Editor-in Chief of Comprehensive Biomaterials, a 6-volume, 3,650-page major reference work published by Elsevier in August 2011.