Washington University in St. Louis is a place where scientific discoveries in the lab transform into advances that have the potential to change lives.

The university is committed to nurturing these innovators as they bring their ideas to life and make differences in our community, our region and our world.

That was the prevailing message during WashU Office of Technology Management’s 2nd annual Celebration of Inventors, held May 7 at Innovation Hall in the Cortex Innovation Community. A total of 117 faculty members who were awarded patents during the past year were recognized, as were the founders of eight faculty start-ups.

Special honors went to Dr. Jeffrey Gordon and Dr. Yoram Rudy, both named National Academy of Inventors Fellows this year; Dr. Irving Boime and Dr. Douglas Covey both were named senior members of the group.

“The everyday individual who benefits from your advancements cannot fully appreciate the thought, the work, the troubleshooting, the iterative work of thought process, that happens in your labs to make an idea come to life,” Nichole Mercier, managing director of the Office of Technology Management told the crowd.

Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor of Operations and Technology Transfer, and Holden Thorp, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs were also on hand to greet and congratulate the inventors.

Washington University innovators and inventors were honored at the 2nd Annual Celebration of Inventors, sponsored by the Office of Technology Management on May 7. All photos by Jennifer Korman.