WashU to celebrate inventors, innovators

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson will join Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and Vice Chancellor for Research Jennifer K. Lodge for the Office of Technology Management’s inaugural Washington University in St. Louis Celebration of Inventors.

“A celebration of Washington University inventors is long overdue,” said OTM Director Nichole Mercier. “OTM is honored to host this inaugural event that recognizes and celebrates inventors and entrepreneurs who drive innovation at our campus and the St. Louis region.”

The celebration will recognize some of the Washington University innovators — and innovations — who, with the assistance of the Office of Technology Management (OTM), transitioned discoveries from academic labs to the greater St. Louis community and beyond. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus.

Three special guests will be honored for their induction into the National Academy of Inventors:

    • David Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurology. Holtzman holds 11 U.S. patents. He has license agreements with 12 companies and is the co-founder of C2N Diagnostics.
    • Neurosurgeon Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, a professor of neurosurgery, of biomedical engineering, of neuroscience, and of mechanical engineering and material sciences, has 566 issued U.S. patents. He has license agreements with three companies and is a founder of Neurolutions, Immunovalent, and OsteoVantage.
    • Samuel Achilefu is the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology. He serves as chief of the Optical Radiology Laboratory and director of the Washington University Molecular Imaging Center and is also a professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and of biomedical engineering. He led a team that developed the “cancer goggles” technology and is listed as an inventor on 57 U.S. patents and has a license agreement with one company.

In addition, OTM will celebrate each individual who received and issued patents in 2017, and those inventors whose intellectual property supported a new startup company in 2017.

Limited seating is still available. Please email otm@dom.wustl.edu  if you would like to attend.