A big “congratulations” as we proudly announce that our Founder and CEO, Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, was recently recognized for her hard work and many accomplishments throughout her career with the Randolph Macon Woman’s College 2021 Alumnae Achievement Award.
The Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who personifies the value of a liberal arts education and who has brought honor to herself and to the College through her outstanding accomplishments.
“I was completely humbled and honored to have received the 2021 Alumnae Achievement Award from my alma mater, Randolph Macon Woman’s College.” said Dr. Worrilow. “To be honest, I was moved to tears by the other three recipients also recognized – the lives they have touched, their strength and resilience through unimaginable hardship, and their gifts of their talents to others.”
Dr. Worrilow’s passion for solving medical problems has defined her career.
Worrilow, who studied biology and mathematics at the College, earned her doctorate in anatomy and cell physiology at the University of Virginia. She went on to further her research and complete her postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology and infertility at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
For most of her career, she was a clinical provider of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and directed the IVF and andrology laboratories for several leading programs in Pennsylvania.
In 2010, she started her own company, LifeAire Systems, to address air quality issues in IVF labs. She and her team designed an in-duct air purification system designed to remove all airborne chemicals and biological pathogens, leading to improved success with patients.
LifeAire’s original system can also be used to prevent the airborne spread of infection. In addition to being installed in more than 50 leading IVF programs in the U.S., the system is being used in operating rooms, ICUs and NICUs, and critical care areas in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Worrilow created a series of new products, including a portable system to sterilize N95 masks for safe reuse.
LifeAire was engaged by the White House COVID Task Force and was recently recognized by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for the company’s ability to pivot and use their technology to fight the pandemic.
Worrilow has been recognized with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Star Award several times and is a past Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.