Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award

In honor of its former Chairman of the Board, the FNIH celebrates its partners through the Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award. In keeping with Dr. Sanders’ vision, the award recognizes persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture private-public partnerships in support of the mission of the NIH.

The Partnership Award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of the following FNIH Board members:

  • Charles, A. Sanders, M.D.
  • Steven M. Paul, M.D.
  • Thomas R. Insel, M.D.
  • Judy Lansing Kovler, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Fred A. Seigel
  • Solomon H. Snyder, M.D.

2018 Prize Recipient

The FNIH recognizes Andrew Lee, President & CEO of Driven to Cure, Inc. as the recipient of the third Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award.

Through his unwavering commitment to advancing biomedical research on rare kidney cancers, in just over two years, Andrew has developed a powerful grassroots movement that has increased visibility about rare kidney cancers and raised funds for the FNIH to further cutting-edge research conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH Clinical Center. 

Read more in the FNIH press release.

Former Prize Recipients


On October 18, 2017, the FNIH presented the 2nd Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award to Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Aging and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly). Through their longstanding work with the FNIH over more than a decade, Dr. Hodes and Lilly have advanced trailblazing biomedical research in critical disease areas, including age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and helped structure innovative public-private partnerships. 

Read more in the FNIH press release.

Richard Hodes Steven M. Paul, M.D., Richard J.Hodes, M.D., Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.


Eli Lilly and CompanyMaria C. Freire, Ph.D., Jan Lundberg, Ph.D., Steven M. Paul, M.D.



On October 19, 2016, the FNIH presented the inaugural Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award to two longstanding, private-sector partners:

Young Asia research scientistGilla Kaplan, Ph.D., Steven M. Paul, M.D., Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Maria C. Freire, Ph.D., Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: In recognition of its longstanding and generous partnership with the FNIH, which has spurred scientific and technical innovations leading to transformative advances in global health research.
  • Pfizer: In recognition of its unwavering and sustained commitment for nearly two decades as a vital partner to the FNIH in funding scientific programs that have laid the groundwork for biomedical breakthroughs.

Read more in the FNIH press release.


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