Strong Awards 2017 – Congratulations to Dr. Ria David!
Posted by Kelsey Waros Aug 8, 2017 dr ria david, Pittsburgh, strong awards, SWSG
Strong Women Strong Girls Pittsburgh’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up! Each year, the Strong Awards ceremony and breakfast honors three women and one young girl for their achievements in empowering women and girls in the Pittsburgh region. Attended by over 200 community and industry leaders, Strong Awards helps Strong Women Strong Girls grow stronger as an organization in order to fulfill our mission of supporting positive mentoring relationships.
Date: August 18, 2017
Place: DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Pittsburgh
Purchase tickets here for this empowering fundraiser!
As we get closer to the event, we would like to highlight each of the winners. In the Professional Woman category, we honor Dr. Ria David for her outstanding achievements with her company Cybergenetics.
In response to her honor, Dr. David states, “I am honored to be recognized by and identified with SWSG and their wonderful work of supporting young women.”
Dr. Ria David, president of Cybergenetics, is a fearless advocate for justice through better science, particularly in cases of gender-based violence, sexual assault, and the opioid epidemic. Cybergenetics focuses on a technology called TrueAllele to analyze DNA in crime cases to more accurately identify perpetrators. The company has assisted in over 500 cases.
Dr. David also created a college campaign called “Take Back the Power,” demonstrating how DNA evidence is used after sexual assault. She states, “Cybergenetics shows students that more can be done for victims of sexual assault. More can be done to solve cases, and take back the power, when DNA evidence is preserved and thoroughly interpreted.”
In 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expressed his praise stating, “Dr. David has been instrumental in developing new technologies that improve forensic science, helping to prosecute the guilty and exonerate the innocent.”