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GaBio Names Emerging Leaders of the Year

Monday, January 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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ATLANTA, GA (January 23, 2017) – Christine Hang, CEO and Co-Founder of Flow MedTech, Inc.; and JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM, owner and founder of JPen Communications have been named the 2017 Emerging Leaders of the Year by Georgia Bio.

The Emerging Leader of the Year awards honor young professionals for outstanding contributions to the success of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and/or the growth of Georgia’s life sciences community. The award winners are selected by a panel of seasoned industry leaders acting as advisors to the ELN.

Ms. Hang is being honored for her leadership co-founding and managing Flow MedTech, Inc., an early-stage medical device startup based on technology she and her co-founder Arnab Chakraborty developed during their undergraduate work at Georgia Tech. Flow MedTech Inc. is developing an implantable medical device to prevent strokes in people with irregular heart rhythm. Learn more at

Dr. Pendergrass is being recognized for her leadership helping to coordinate and edit the quarterly Georgia Bio Newsletter, The Life Sciences Voice, and the quarterly Georgia BioEd Newsletter or over 4 years.  Additionally, Dr. Pendergrass has always stepped up to volunteer for Georgia Bio at the annual Georgia Bio Innovation Summit, Georgia BiodEd Golf Tournament, and Georgia Bio Awards Dinner. Dr. Pendergrass recently founded JPen Communications, a medical communications company serving the communications needs of clients in human and veterinary health.

Both will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner, January 26, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. Other leading companies, executives, researchers and dedicated individuals will receive Georgia Bio Awards. Learn more at

Awardee Biographies

Christine Hang is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Flow MedTech, Inc., an early-stage company developing an implantable medical device to prevent strokes in people with irregular heart rhythms. Her leadership efforts include raising significant capital from angel investors and institutional investors. She also expanded operations in her home state of South Carolina, allowing Flow MedTech to increase access to R&D resources as well as millions of dollars in capital through the South Carolina Research Authority, PriMed Accelerator, Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, and the South Carolina Small Business Development Center. Under her leadership, Flow MedTech was accepted into SC Launch, PriMed Accelerator, and Health Wildcatters accelerator. She is listed as an inventor on two patents in the Flow MedTech IP portfolio. She has also given ten scientific and investor presentations at national and international conferences. As a conference presenter at AdvaMed, she received the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship.

Christine is an alumna of the Biomedical Engineering program at Georgia Tech (GT). She has significant experience in scientific research at Georgia Tech and the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research pursuits led her to be awarded the GT President’s Undergraduate Research Award. She also has in-depth knowledge in medical device startups due to previous positions at 3DM Systems (now known as United Sciences) and being the Lead Life Science Analyst at the Atlanta Tech Angels.

Her accolades with the team at Flow MedTech include being the winners of the GT Ideas to Serve Advanced Track Competition, finalists of the GT Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Entrepreneurial Award, semifinalists of the GT Startup Competition, semifinalists of the GT InVenture Prize, and finalists of the Global Universal Biotech Innovation Prize in Paris. Outside of company duties, she enjoys being involved in charity work, and her leadership has helped raised thousands of dollars for veterans’ affairs, education, and cardiac care. She also enjoys playing classical piano and previously trained under Mary Losey, who received her degrees from Oberlin and University of Michigan, as well as Dr. Marina Lomazov, who is a critically acclaimed concert pianist and Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass is a veterinarian and medical writer who has served as newsletter editor for Georgia Bio’s Emerging Leaders Network since 2012. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in drug addiction at Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, GA. It was during her postdoc that Dr. Pendergrass decided to turn her passion for science and love of writing into a career in medical writing.

Dr. Pendergrass is the owner and founder of JPen Communications, a medical communications company serving the communications needs of clients in human and veterinary health. Through her business, Dr. Pendergrass strives to make science practical, understandable, and relevant to her reading audience.

For a list of past Georgia Bio award recipients, click here.

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