2017 Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception

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2017 Inventor of the Year

Robert William

2017 Emerging Inventor of the Year

Everett Stone

ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017, Dr. Robert Williams was named 2017 Inventor of the Year and Dr. Everett Stone as the 2017 Emerging Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Inventor of the Year Ceremony & Reception. Business, technology, and industry leaders from around the Austin area joined with The University of Texas community to honor the inventors. Also recognized were UT Austin researchers with FY 16-17 U.S. patents issued.

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Message from the President

Greg FenvesAt The University of Texas at Austin, our purpose is to unlock potential. And this purpose inspires us to transform. To create. To invent.

Tonight, we honor two UT Austin faculty members who have dedicated their lives to discovering the unknown, the unexplored and the unimagined.

Our first honoree is Robert “Bill” Williams, who is awarded the prestigious Inventor of the Year Award. He is the Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair and Division Head of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the College of Pharmacy. Bill is an inventor on numerous patents, he is the co-founder of several startups, and nearly all of his inventions have generated interest in the private sector. He has developed more efficient ways of delivering pharmaceutical drugs and designed groundbreaking new biotechnologies for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals.

The Emerging Inventor of the Year Award is Everett Stone, research assistant professor in Molecular Biosciences at the College of Natural Sciences. He has co-founded several startups and is an inventor with issued patents. His research has focused on metabolism in health and disease, and he has invented, and co-invented drugs that have created new treatments for cancer patients.

Bill and Everett’s visionary work helps define UT Austin as a leader in research and innovation. Their inventions look to the future, while providing value to solve the problems of the present day. They enable progress. They change the world.

(signed) Greg Fenves
Gregory L. Fenves, President
The University of Texas at Austin


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2017 Inventor of the Year: Dr. Robert Williams

Robert William

Dr. Robert Williams is the Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair and Division Head of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin. Research interests of Dr. Williams include development of novel drug delivery systems for oral, pulmonary, nasal, injectable, buccal and topical administration; development of novel particle engineering technologies for low molecular weight drugs, peptides and proteins; and analytical technologies to characterize actives, excipients and polymers.

Notably, Dr. Williams is an inventor on 35 patents and patent applications and is co-founder of several pharmaceutical companies. He was elected Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in 2006 and Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2008.

Dr. Williams has been a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) since its inception, as well as other professional societies. Additional highlights from Dr. Williams’ career include: he has published over 400 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, abstracts and book chapters, and he has co-edited two books in the fields of pharmaceutical technology and drug delivery, including Formulating Poorly Water Soluble Drugs, Second Edition (AAPS Press and Springer).

Dr. Williams is the Editor-in-Chief of “AAPS PharmSciTech” (an official journal of AAPS and Springer Nature) since 2014 and was the Editor-in-Chief of “Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy” (Taylor & Francis) from 2000 to 2014. Currently, Dr. Williams is on the Editorial Advisory Board of “The Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology” (Elsevier), and he serves as reviewer for numerous other journals. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University, a B.S. in Pharmacy from UT Austin and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics in 1986 from UT Austin. Dr. Williams worked 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States and France before returning to UT Austin in 1995.


2017 Emerging Inventor of the Year: Dr. Everett Stone

Everett Stone

Dr. Everett Stone is a research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research efforts focus on the engineering, design, and pharmacological optimization of enzyme therapeutics that can effectively target and degrade small molecule metabolites of importance to diseases caused by inborn errors of metabolism and in cancer. Using directed molecular evolution coupled with high throughput genetic selections and screening strategies, Dr. Stone’s group has successfully engineered several therapeutic enzyme technologies that are advancing to the clinic, including an engineered human Arginase for cancer therapy and for treatment of hyperargininemia.

While working with Dr. George Georgiou at the University of Texas at Austin, they realized that engineered human enzymes could be an ideal therapeutic modality for eliminating disease enabling small molecules in patients. Dr. Stone’s subsequent innovations in this area have led to seven licensed technology suites, with the most advanced therapeutic currently in three Phase I clinical trials.

Dr. Stone is scientific co-founder of two biopharmaceutical startup companies where he serves as consultant in the clinical development of therapeutic enzyme technologies; Aeglea Biotherapeutics, the first therapeutics Venture Capitalist (VC) funded company in Texas to come out of UT Austin, and Kyn Therapeutics, which secured a $28 million Series A financing round from top VCs in 2016.

He is co-inventor on 13 patents and patent applications with seven licensed to biopharma. He earned his B.A. in Chemistry and Biology magna cum laude from Drury University and later received a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology where he focused on the catalytic mechanism of the aminotransferase superfamily of enzymes.

Patent Holders

Inventors with FY 16-17 U.S. Patents Issued

Ovadia Abed
Hal Alper
Andrea Alu
Eric Anslyn
Michael Baldea
Seth Bank
Mikhail Belkin
Philip Bennett
Alan Bovik
Maria Croyle
Kenneth Diller
Larry Dunn
Andrew Ellington
Christopher Ellison
Ofodike Ezekoye
Donglei Fan
Marc Feldman
Manfred Fink
Benny Freeman
George Georgiou
Hande Gerkus
Robert Gilbert
Francisco Gomes
Michael Haberman
Matthew J. Hall
Adam Heller
Terry Hudson
Keith Johnston
Seungyong Jung
Stephen Keckler
Iskandar Kholmanov
Robert Krug
Alexis Kwasinski
Jongwon Lee
Kevin Lee
Wei-Cheng Lu
Ripudaman Manchanda
Arumugam Manthiram
Edward Marcotte
Jennifer Maynard
James McGinity
Andrew McNeese
Thomas Milner
Charles Mullins
Dean Neikirk
Jan-Michael Cabrera-Ofray
Praveenkumar Pasupathy
John Pearce
Jay Peters
Katherine Romanak
Stephen Schafer
A Frank Seibert
Jonathan Sessler
Mukul Sharma
Li Shi
Shrawan Singhal
Dimitrios Sounas
SV Srrenivasan
Everett Stone
Jagannath Swaminathan
Robert Talbert Jr
Mykhailo Tymchenko
Jonathan Valvano
Philip Varghese
Karun Vijayraghavan
Sriram Vishwanath
Annalee Whitefield
Robert Williams
Carlton Willson
Preston Wilson
Sharon Wood
Eric Young

Agenda

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Inventor Award Reception

6:30 – 6:50 pm

Inventor Award Program

Welcome Remarks
Dan Sharp, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Daniel Jaffe, Vice President for Research, Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin

6:50 – 7:30 pm

Inventor Award Ceremony

Recognition of Inventors with FY16-17 U.S. Issued Patents
Dan SharpAssociate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Texas at Austin

Emerging Inventor of the Year Announcement & Video Tribute
Dan SharpAssociate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Texas at Austin

Emerging Inventor of the Year Award Presentation & Remarks
Dr. George GeorgiouLaura Jennings Turner Chair in Engineering, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin
Dr. Everett StoneResearch Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences, UT Austin

Inventor of the Year Announcement & Video Tribute
Dan SharpAssociate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Texas at Austin

Inventor of the Year Award Presentation & Remarks
Dr. Lynn Crismon, Dean, College of Pharmacy, Professor, College of Pharmacy, James T. Doluisio Regents Chair in Pharmacy, Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor in Pharmacy, The Hoechst- Roussel Centennial Endowed Professor, Pharmacy, UT Austin
Dr. Robert Williams, Division Head, Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Johnson and Johnson Centennial Chair in Pharmacy, Professor, College of Pharmacy, UT Austin

7:30 pm

Program Concludes

Speakers

Dan Sharp Dan Sharp
Associate Vice President for Research and Director,
Office of Technology Commercialization

University of Texas at Austin
Dan Jaffe Dr. Daniel Jaffe
Vice President for Research,
Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Astronomy

University of Texas at Austin
George Georgiou Dr. George Georgiou
Laura Jennings Turner Chair in Engineering,
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering,
Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences,
Biomedical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

University of Texas at Austin
Lynn Crismon Dr. Lynn Crismon
Dean, College of Pharmacy,
Professor, College of Pharmacy,
James T. Doluisio Regents Chair in Pharmacy,
Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor in Pharmacy,
The Hoechst-Rousseau Centennial Endowed Professor, Pharmacy

University of Texas at Austin

Venue

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

1900 University Ave,
Austin, TX 78705
512-404-3600

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The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is located downtown on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and University Avenue, at the south entrance to The University of Texas at Austin. The Center is four blocks from the Texas State Capitol and eight miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Directions from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Drive west on SH 71 from the airport. In approximately 1 mile, exit north onto US-183. Continue roughly
2 miles to Airport Boulevard and exit. Follow Airport approximately 2.5 miles, then turn left onto East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Stay on MLK past IH-35. You will notice the University of Texas campus on your right and the Texas State Capitol on your left. The Center will be on your right, just past the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

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