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Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Kawas won many awards and recognitions for her leadership and accomplishments at Athira, including:  

  • Endpoints 20(+1) under 40 (2021)

  • Life Science Entrepreneurial Achievement Award (2020)

  • French-American Foundation Leader (2019)

  • Alzheimer’s Cure Coin Award (2019)

  • Biospace 7 Millennial Influencers in Biotech (2019)

  • GeekWire Startup CEO of the Year (2019)

  • CEOs 40 & Under in Life Science Leader (2017)

  • PharmaVOICE 100 honoree (2017)

  • Association of Washington Business Entrepreneur of the Year (2016)

  • EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women (2016)

  • Puget Sound Business Journal 40 under 40 award (2016)

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2016)

  • GeekWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (2016)

She was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine (2015) and one of the Women to Watch in Life Sciences by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (2015). As a company, Athira was also named as a finalist for Health Innovation of the Year (2019) and one of Seattle’s 10 hottest startups (2016), both by GeekWire, under Dr. Kawas’ leadership.