This is AAMI's most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.
The award includes a $5,000 check and a plaque to be presented at the AAMI Exchange.
Michael H. Scholla, PhD, retired global director, regulatory standards, at DuPont Medical Packaging in Elkton, MD
Scholla has made important contributions to the global development of state-of-the-art sterile packaging practices and to the protection of patients that rely on sterile medical devices. He served as a convener of ISO TC198/WG 7 and head of the U.S. delegation in international meetings of ISO TC198. He is well-known for his collaborative approach and ability to achieve consensus in standards development. Scholla is also recognized for his work promoting the adoption of ISO 11607, the internationally accepted standard for medical packaging—one of the best-known standards in the medical device industry.
Theirry Wagner, global director, Regulatory & Standards at DuPont, said “I consider Scholla a true industry giant in his field. The way he led his group during his long tenure at DuPont is outstanding. There is nobody in the medical packaging industry that doesn’t know him for his great expertise, knowledge of the medical packaging industry, and memory for historic developments.”