Neoprobe will take the top honor at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce's annual recognition luncheon on Dec. 16.

Neoprobe will take the top honor at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s annual recognition luncheon on Dec. 16.

The 2011 Spotlight Dublin Award will be given out at the annual luncheon that is slated to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Muirfield Village Golf Pavilion, 5760 Memorial Drive.

The Spotlight Dublin Award is given to a person, place or thing that brings positive national attention to Dublin and has previously gone to Jack Nicklaus, Jack Hannah, Dave Thomas, OCLC, Ashland, Inc., and the Dublin Irish Festival.

"Neoprobe has been and continues to be one of our ‘stars’ in Dublin,” Colleen Gilger, Dublin economic development manager, said in a news release.

“Through its innovation, dedication to research, strong commitment to local business-to-business connection and employment of local residents, Neoprobe is an important cog in our local economy. Through its history as an innovative medical device manufacturer and through its future with a groundbreaking radiopharmaceutical product that could benefit millions, Neoprobe has been a pioneering force that has helped put Dublin on the map as a place that fosters and nurtures bioscience companies.”

Neoprobe Corporation is a biomedical company that focuses on oncology patient care through radiopharmaceutical product development. The company received national and international exposure after creating a new cancer medicine called Lymphoseek.

“While we are excited by the increased recognition that Neoprobe has received over the last year, É being honored by our friends and neighbors is very special to us,” Neoprobe senior vice president and CFO Brent Larson said. “We appreciate the award very much and in its spirit, we will endeavor to continue to be the best ambassador we can be for the Dublin area.”

During the luncheon, Lisa Garner, general manager of Columbus Marriott Northwest will also be honored with the President’s Award for her contributions to the chamber and community.

The Ambassador of the Year honor will go to Michael Blackwell, manager of the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Blackwell, the release said, is the leader of the chamber’s Ambassador Club and volunteers around the community.

Tickets to the recognition luncheon are $28 or $250 for a corporate table of eight. Reservations must be made by Dec. 9.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call the chamber at (614) 889-2001 or look online at