Winkler Named ATI’s Civic Entrepreneurship Award Winner


Dr. Matt Winkler

Dr. Matt Winkler, Chairman and Founder of Asuragen, has received the Austin Technology Incubator’s Laura J. Kilcrease Civic Entrepreneurship Award for his efforts in conservation.

ATI founding director, Laura J. Kilcrease, presented the award named in her honor to Winkler during the ATI 2016 Company Graduation event at the AT&T Center Sept. 7.

Winkler earned a bachelor of science degree in genetics and a doctorate in zoology from the University of California-Berkeley. He was an associate professor of zoology at the University of Texas at Austin before founding Ambion in 1988, and selling its research products division to Applied Biosystems in 2005.

Winkler enjoys spending weekends at Winkler Ranch across the river from Perdernales Falls State Park, where he works with the Nature Conservancy to increase biodiversity.