Amar Sawhney honored at White House with Two Awards

AmarAward_2013JuneOn May 29, 2013, Mr. Sawhney was awarded two awards by the White House, “Champion of Change” and “Outstanding American by Choice.”

White House Highlights Amar Sawhney as an Immigrant Innovator “Champion of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 29th, the White House honored Amar Sawhney as an Immigrant Innovator and “Champion of Change.” This Champions event highlighted immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs – the best and brightest from around the world that are helping create American jobs, grow our economy, and make our nation more competitive.

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative, and the Champions we are celebrating today represent the very best in leadership, entrepreneurship, and public service,” said US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park.  “We are proud to recognize these leaders who work every day to grow our economy, advance science and technology, and support their home communities.”

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit

Amar Sawhney, Bedford, MA

Amar Sawhney is an inventor and serial entrepreneur in the field of medical devices.  He holds over 120 patents, which form the basis for several first of a kind medical devices that have helped millions of patients worldwide.  He has founded six companies, which account for over 1,600 jobs created and over $1.5 billion in revenue to date.  Amar helps foster entrepreneurship by mentoring young innovators and creating companies through Incept, a medical device incubator he helped co-found.

Outstanding American by Choice

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services also honored Amar Sawhney with the Outstanding American by Choice (ABC) award. The ABC initiative recognizes the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Through civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship, recipients of this honor have demonstrated their commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans. To learn more about the ABC initiative, please visit

This award was presented by the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro N. Mayorkas. The ABC award has been given to only a little over 100 people to date.

White House Bio:

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Video of the event:
(Mr. Sawheny’s segment is after the 1 hour mark and onwards)

Outstanding American by Choice Factsheet: of Citizenship/Outstanding Americans by Choice/Static files/American_by_Choice_Fact_Sheet.pdf