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Alumnus Arthur J. Coury, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011, and has received the 2012 Pierre Galletti Award of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the 2012 Founders Award of the Society for Biomaterials.
Coury earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from University of Delaware, and his doctorate in organic chemistry (1965) and Master of Business Administration (1980) from the University of Minnesota.
His recognitions include the delivery of distinguished lectureships, receipt of the 2007 Innovation and Technology Development Award of the Society for Biomaterials, and induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.
Coury's career focus has been polymeric biomaterials for medical products such as implantable electronic devices, hydrogel-based devices and drug delivery systems. Coury held positions at General Mills, Medtronic, Focal, and Genzyme Corp. He holds more than 50 distinct patents and has been widely published in the field of polymeric biomaterials for medical products.
His teaching positions have included adjunct appointments at the University of Minnesota and the Harvard-MIT Graduate Program in Health Sciences and Technology. His professional service has included: chair, Minnesota Section, American Chemical Society (1989-1990); president, Society for Biomaterials, USA (1999-2000); president, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2003-2004) and membership on several university, society, and corporate advisory boards.