The Wellys honour Dr Swee Tan

Dr Swee Tan (left) receiving the Science and Technology Award from Ray Wallace (right), Mayor of Hutt City. Photo credit: John Nicholson, The Dominion Post, Fairfax NZ

It’s not just Gillies McIndoe Research Institute supporters who acknowledge the wonderful work of our founder and executive director, Dr Swee Tan – he’s now been publicly recognised by the prestigious annual Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.

Dr Tan was recently named as the winner of the 2014 Wellingtonian of the Year Awards’ Science and Technology category and was described as being “greatly respected by the international medical and science community and his patients and their families for his pioneering work in vascular birthmarks and cancer”.

The Wellys, as the awards are affectionately known, recognise members of the Wellington community who have made outstanding contributions in their field. This year’s supreme award was won by basketballer Steven Adams.

“Those of us who work closely with Swee know this award is richly deserved,” said the GMRI chair, Paul Baines.

“It’s a privilege to be part of the GMRI community which he founded.”

Swee, himself, says the real credit lies with his team and their collaborators. “It is an acknowledgement that also belongs to the team at the GMRI and my colleagues in the medical and science communities who, over a long period of time, have been part of the quest to find a better way to relieve human suffering.”

The Wellys honour comes hot on the heels of the Value of Medicines Award (see story in this issue) which was presented to Swee recently by Medicines New Zealand.