Fashion Industries Guild to Honor Tech/Chemistry Entrepreneur at Annual Gala

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai will honor technology entrepreneur Michael Lefenfeld at its annual gala on Sept. 20 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

Lefenfeld is the founder and chief technology officer of SiGNa Chemistry, a company that employs a chemical process Lefenfeld discovered for a variety of industries, including oil recovery, clean energy and other chemical manufacturing processes. His first invention was a noninvasive blood gas diagnostics sensor array, which became the pulse oximeter. While at Bell Labs, Lefenfeld and his team created flexible electronic transistors, which can be printed by inkjet printers. These transistors can be used to make products such as e-readers, flat-panel high-emission displays and security sensors in clothing.

The Sept. 20 event, dubbed the Black Tie or Spy Gala, will raise funds for the Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory and the Hal Kaltman Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Research Endowment, named for the late Hal Kaltman, textile executive, past president of the Textile Association of Los Angeles and longtime supporter of the Fashion Industries Guild.

The event will include a cocktail reception, casino gambling, dinner, dancing and entertainment.

Past honorees include Vera Campbell, Steve Schoenholz, Jeff and Betsy Kapor, Jay and Kathi Mangel, Christopher Wicks, Sandy Richman, Tony Litman, Barbara Fields, George Rudes, Kenny Weinbaum, Moshe Tsabag, Jeff Marine, Dov Charney, Richard Clareman, Ilse Metchek, Steve Maiman, Gregg Fiene, Maurice Marciano, Maurice “Corky” Newman, Karen and Lonnie Kane, Larry Hansel, and Robert Margolis.

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