Recognizing Medicine’s Gamechangers

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award culminates in a live, one-day event where the nominees share their research, demonstrate their impact and celebrate their achievements. By coming together to applaud these nominees, we’re paying tribute to the work that’s changing our world and improving the human condition for us all.

A Day of Discovery

The event kicks off during nominee interviews with the Sanford International Board. Here, the nominees share the stories behind their science, talking with the Board about their discoveries and the impact they’re making. After deliberations, the Board selects a winner and signals their decision with ceremonial blue smoke.

An Evening of Recognition

That evening, the nominees, Board members, dignitaries and medical influencers come together at an intimate, prestigious celebration to applaud each nominee’s innovations before announcing the winner live. Past guests and entertainers have included Leslie Odom, Jr., Newt Gingrich and NPR’s Shankar Vedantam.