I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected for the 2016 Founders Award from the Society For Biomaterials (SFB). The Founders Award is SFB’s highest award, and the selection is based on long-term, landmark contributions to the discipline of biomaterials. I will be honored at the 2016 World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal, Canada on May 18. I thank the SFB and look forward to advancing the discipline with new initiatives including the HEAL Project – our newly launched grand research challenge with the goals of engineering a human knee in seven years and an entire limb within 15 years. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Founders Award selection committee and the chair of SFB, Dr. Thomas Webster.