Faculty inventions address Alzheimer’s disease, cybersecurity and pregnancy complicationsUSF Provost Ralph Wilcox, Jay Ligatti, Anna Pyayt, Chuanhai Cao, and NAI President Paul R. Sanberg (Photo: Aimee Blodgett)
TAMPA, Fla. – University of South Florida faculty who invented new technologies to address Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy complications and cybersecurity were presented with this year’s Excellence in Innovation Awards from the USF Office of Research & Innovation on Monday.
USF College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Chuanhai Cao and College of Engineering Associate Professors Jay Ligatti and Anna Pyayt, were nominated by colleagues for the awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in translational research and commercialization. The honors were presented at the annual meeting of USF’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.
All three of the faculty members have developed technologies that are either the basis for new startup companies they founded or have been licensed to outside companies for development.
“These awards recognize the extraordinary efforts of three individuals who are not only nationally-recognized leaders in their disciplines, but who go the extra mile to move cutting-edge technologies to market where they can benefit society,” said Paul R. Sanberg, USF Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise. “Their achievements represent our university’s unique and defining culture of invention and innovation.”
USF is the nation’s fifth leading public university in patenting new inventions, and is also recognized as a national leader in faculty startup companies and technology commercialization. Last year, USF set a new record with 114 new U.S. patents.
On Monday, USF affiliates who were issued patents within the past year were honored through the university’s NAI Chapter, the nation’s largest with more than 450 members. USF is the founding member institution of the NAI, which since 2010 has grown to more than 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. Honorary USF NAI membership was also granted to USF Research Foundation board member Gene Engle; Florida High Tech Corridor President Ed Schons; and Gracie Fredrickson, a middle school student who was the 2017 winner of the USF Young Innovation Competition.
Nominations for the Excellence in Innovation Awards nominations noted both the faculty members’ innovative efforts and their work to bring the new technologies and treatments to market:
Each new patent holder at USF is also recognized with a brick bearing their name in the Sanberg Family Inventors Commons, which also houses the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Walk at the USF Research Park.
A list of all members of the USF Chapter of the NAI can be found at: http://innovation.usf.edu/nai/nai-members.asp.The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (Photo: Aimee Blodgett)