Feb. 17, 2023
The 30th annual University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group Innovator of the Year event celebrating Marc Breton drew a record crowd on Thursday night at the Rotunda.
The festivities included an inspiring talk from Breton; heartfelt remarks from some of the beneficiaries of Breton's invention; and appearances from previous Innovation of the Year winners, including Boris Kovatchev (Breton's mentor), George Gillies, Karen Ingersoll, Ronald Taylor and Lee Ritterband.
Teaming with Kovatchchev and others, Breton -- an associate professor in psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences in the UVA School of Medicine -- created the world's first artificial pancreas.
Today, the device is helping hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes around the world. The mother of one of those people was in attendance on Thursday and, during the question-and-answer session, told Breton about the impact it has had on her daughter's life.
"It's life-changing," she said. "It's just incredible. I want to say thank you ... this is such a well-deserved honor and I just want to say thank you personally."