TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Emery Brown, Dr. Richard Houghten and Dr. Sudipta Seal, all Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), were inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame on September 7, 2018. Seven innovators were inducted during the ceremony, which was held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.
Brown, Houghten and Seal join a number of NAI Fellows who have previously received this recognition, including NAI President Dr. Paul R. Sanberg.
"It is a momentous feeling to see that nearly half of this year's inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame are NAI Fellows," Sanberg said. "Dr. Brown, Dr. Houghten and Dr. Seal have made an incredible impact on the innovation landscape in Florida, and we are proud to support them as they receive this well-deserved honor."
The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honors and celebrates those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, the state of Florida and the United States.
"It has been wonderful to see Florida embrace and elevate its own proud history of invention through the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame," said Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. "Through this organization, Florida has rightly claimed its mantel as a leader in national innovation."
Brown is Director of the Neuroscience Statistics Research Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. Throughout his career, he has made major contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of anesthesiology. He holds three issued U.S. patents.
Houghten founded the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and currently serves as CEO. His research has had significant impact on the pharmaceutical industry, and his innovative approach has revolutionized drug discovery across the nation. He holds 81 issued U.S. patents.
Seal is Trustee Chair, Pegasus and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Central Florida. His expertise in materials science and engineering led to groundbreaking discoveries and therapeutic applications of nano cerium oxide in regenerative nano-medicine. He holds 48 issued U.S. patents and his technology is licensed to multiple companies.
About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. www.academyofinventors.org.
SOURCE National Academy of Inventors