Jim Hudson awarded DAR Medal of Honor

Huntsville, Ala. — HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology co-founder Jim Hudson has been awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Medal of Honor.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR and recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism.

Hudson was nominated by the Hunt’s Spring chapter of the DAR for his work in biotechnology and the arts, his entrepreneurship, mentoring, generosity and service to his community. He accepted the award at a ceremony on Friday, March 10 and was recognized at the National Defense Luncheon in Auburn, Ala. on March 11.

“It was a great feeling when I received word that I was to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Medal of Honor,” said Hudson. “After attending their 119th State Conference and meeting so many sincere dedicated Daughters I am humbled more than ever by such an award. I want to thank the Hunt’s Spring Chapter for sponsoring me and introducing me to such a wonderful group of patriots.”

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit:

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