2019 NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony


Welcome Breakfast featuring Senior Members

Harl Tolbert, The Pennsylvania State University
Paul R. Sanberg, National Academy of Inventors
Elizabeth Lea Dougherty, USPTO
Paul Rosenthal, USPTO


Panel: Formulating Industry-Academic Collaborations that Work: Best Practices to Ensure a Strong Relationship after the Agreements are Signed

Michael B. Dilling, Baylor College of Medicine
Anne DiSante, Michigan University
Ross Durland, Cell Medica, Ltd.
Christine Flynn, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Leonid Metelitsa, Baylor College of Medicine


Presentation: Collaborative Translational Research Between Academia and Industry, and How Government Affects It: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Kenneth Kaushansky, Stony Brook University


Presentation: Bridging The Valley of Death

John Cooke, Houston Methodist


Presentation: Global Innovation: Creating a Conference to Promote Diversity in STEM

Elizabeth G. Loboa, University of Missouri-Columbia


Panel: Encouraging Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research

Lorne Whitehead, University of British Columbia
Gregory J. Pottie, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul Dodd, University of California, Davis
Christopher Keane, Washington State University
Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Arizona State University


Presentation: The Luminosity Lab – An Interdisciplinary Model of Discovery & Innovation for the 21st Century

Mark Naufel, Arizona State University


Evolving a University Research and Innovation Ecosystem to Deliver Enhanced Value Outside the Academic Community

Calum John Drummond, RMIT University


Keynote Address: Unleashing American Innovation

Walter G. Copan, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Panel: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pipeline

Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell
Tanaga A. Boozer, USPTO
Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Purdue University
Nichole Mercier, Washington University in St. Louis and AUTM
Tom Rudin, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Presentation: Biological Engineering: An Essential Disciplinary Bridge Between AI/Machine Learning, Biology and Medicine

Linda Griffith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Presentation: Nano-Glasses: A Glimpse of a World with New Materials, Structures and Technological Applications: A First Step into a Glass Age

Herbert Gleiter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Keynote Address: Some Thoughts on Innovation: Learnings from the Invention of the Digital Camera

Steven J. Sasson, University of South Florida


Presentation: Six Telling Cases That Inform Our Understanding of Factors Impacting the Development of Inventors from Diverse Backgrounds

Stephanie Couch, Lemelson-MIT Program


Presentation: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research, Training and Innovation Program

Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles


Presentation: Removing Barriers of Regenerative Medicine and Promoting Innovation Connections by Discovery of Human Endogenous Pluripotent Muse Cells

Mari Dezawa, Tohoku University


Panel: Harnessing ALL Available Talent to Invent a Better World: Perspective from the AAAS- Lemelson Invention Ambassadors

Michael Feder, American Association for the Advancement of Science/AAASLemelson Invention Ambassadors Program
Karen Burg, University of Georgia
Tyrone Grandison, U.Group
Jason Grieves, Microsoft
Mary Kombolias, US Government Publishing Office
Fang (Florence) Lu, IBM


Panel: The Intersection of University Inventions and Recent Cases at the Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB)

Andrew Maas, Lousiana State University
Kalyan Deshpande, USPTO
Kyle E. Friesen, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Jay Yates, Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.


Keynote Address

Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center