Two faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Developmental biologists Irving Boime, PhD, and Douglas Covey, PhD, are being recognized for their success in patents, licensing and commercialization, and for producing “technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.”

Boime, a professor of developmental biology and of obstetrics and gynecology, has developed therapeutics that improve in vitro fertilization protocols for women who have difficulty conceiving. The technology he developed also can be applied to the treatment of other conditions, including growth disorders and hemophilia.

Covey, a professor of developmental biology, of anesthesiology and of psychiatry, pioneered the study of neurosteroids and their potential to treat metabolic, cardiovascular and psychiatric diseases.  He is co-founder of SAGE Therapeutics, which is working to bring novel chemical compounds produced in his lab into clinical use.

Boime and Covey will be honored in April at the NAI Annual Meeting in Houston.

Read the full story at the School of Medicine.