Dr. Bruce Montgomery was awarded the 2009 Special Honoree Inventor of the Year Award at the UW Medicine’s Fifth Annual Inventor of the Year Award Celebration on October 26, 2009. Dr. Montgomery is Gilead Sciences’ senior vice president and head of Respiratory Therapeutics. He was honored in conjunction with two professors of pediatrics at UW – Drs. Bonnie Ramsey and Arnold Smith – for their development of TOBI, an aerosol version of tobramycin to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosas, an often fatal respiratory infection in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Montgomery received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with highest honors in 1975. While in the Department, he worked with Emeritus Professor and Vice Provost for Research Alvin Kwiram. He subsequently earned an M.D. from the UW. Montgomery has a long history of contribution in biotechnology sector. He and his spouse Joanne have been generous supporters of the Department of Chemistry. We congratulate Dr. Montgomery on this great honor!