2014 Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Four Seasons Austin Hotel
Austin, Texas
5:30-7:00pm  Cocktail reception
7:00-8:00pm  Program

By invitation only

[ Inventor Award Reception and Ceremony ]

The 2014 Inventors of the Year

Dr. George Georgiou
Dr. James McGinity

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ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014, Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. James W. McGinity were announced as the 2014 UT Austin Inventors of the Year at the Inventor Award Ceremony. Representatives from UT Austin and business and technology leaders from the Austin community joined the celebration. UT Austin researchers with U.S. patents issued in the past fiscal year were also recognized for their achievements. This program concludes the 2014 Commercialization Series, a series designed for UT faculty who are interested in exploring the discovery and commercialization process.

Message from the President

If necessity is the mother of invention, then surely education is its father. When the two come together in a place like The University of Texas at Austin, magnificent things happen. Tonight, we honor two great inventors.

George Georgiou is one of the most prolific inventors at UT Austin, with 29 issued U.S. patents and 46 patent applications. The importance of his inventions to commerce and also to society is what sets him apart. He has invented 15 distinct technologies that have been licensed to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and that have had a true impact in the world of therapeutics. He co-founded Æglea Biotherapeutic Holdings, LLC. The venture-funded company is pursuing clinical evaluation of two protein therapeutics discovered at UT Austin.

James McGinity, a chair emeritus in pharmacy, is the inventor of a technology that deters the abuse of orally delivered opioid medications. The highly effective pain reliever OxyContin® had previously been pulled from the market due to its susceptibility to abuse, but Dr. McGinity’s invention has made OxyContin® virtually tamperproof. His has been the only abuse-deterrence technology endorsed by the FDA. This invention has influenced the university, pharmaceutical industry, and healthcare communities.

Congratulations to you both on this prestigious award. I also honor the efforts of all the University’s many inventors. It is never more evident than on occasions like this that what starts here changes the world.

Bill Powers, President
The University of Texas at Austin


Previous winners

2013


Thomas Milner
Marion E. Forsman
Centennial Professor
in Engineering

2012


S.V. Sreenivasan
John T. MacGuire
Professor of
Mechanical Engineering
Thornton Centennial
Fellow in Engineering

2012


C. Grant Willson
Professor
Rashid Engineering
Regents Chair

2011


John Goodenough
Professor
Virginia H. Cockrell
Centennial Chair
in Engineering

2011


Adam Heller
Research Professor
Department of Chemical
Engineering, Cockrell
School of Engineering

Agenda

Agenda

5:30-7:00pm

Inventor award reception

7:00-7:15pm

Welcome remarks

Dan Sharp, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization
Dr. Juan Sanchez, Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin

7:15-8:00pm

Inventor award ceremony

Recognition of inventors with U.S. patents issued in FY14: Dan Sharp

Inventor of the Year announcement: Dr. Juan Sanchez
Inventor of the Year tribute remarks:
Linda Hicke, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Sharon Wood, Dean, College of Engineering
Presentation of award:
Dr. Juan Sanchez, Dean Linda Hicke, Dean Sharon Wood, and Dan Sharp
Inventor of the Year acceptance remarks:
Dr. George Georgiou, Professor, Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Inventor of the Year video tribute

Inventor of the Year announcement: Dr. Juan Sanchez
Inventor of the Year tribute remarks:
M. Lynn Crismon, Dean, College of Pharmacy
Presentation of award:
Dr. Juan Sanchez, Dean M. Lynn Crismon, and Dan Sharp
Inventor of the Year acceptance remarks:
Dr. James McGinity, Professor Emeritus, College of Pharmacy
Inventor of the Year video tribute

8:00pm

Program concludes

Bios

Dr. George Georgiou

One of the most prolific researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, with 29 issued U.S. patents and 46 patent applications, George Georgiou is recognized as UT Austin’s 2014 Inventor of the Year because of the societal and commercial significance of his health care-related inventions. This honor follows Georgiou’s recognition as one the world’s top 20 translational researchers by Nature Biotechnology in 2013. Over 50 percent of Georgiou’s 75 issued and pending patents have been licensed or optioned to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. By comparison, only approximately 5 percent of patent applications from U.S. academic institutions result in commercialized products. In all, Georgiou has invented 15 technologies (comprising one or more patents each, for a total of 41 licensed patents/patent applications) that are used by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and are having a major impact in the field of therapeutics.

Georgiou began his career with UT Austin in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #9 and has appointments in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the Cockrell School and in the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Natural Sciences, as well as in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

In 2013, Georgiou and Cockrell School research scientist Everett Stone co-founded Æglea Biotherapeutic Holdings LLC, an Austin-based, venture-funded company that is pursuing clinical evaluation of two protein therapeutics discovered at UT Austin. Georgiou’s group developed technologies for the molecular-level analysis of the human immune responses to disease or vaccination. Earlier studies by Georgiou’s laboratory led to the development of methods used for the manufacturing of protein drugs for macular degeneration and osteoporosis. These drugs are approved and used widely to treat these diseases.

Georgiou is one of only 37 scientists and engineers to be elected a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineers. He has received numerous awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Professional Progress Award, which is awarded for outstanding contributions to chemical engineering by an individual under the age of 45. AlChE also named Georgiou one of the Top 100 Eminent Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era.

Dr. James W. McGinity

James W. McGinity, Ph.D., is the Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair Emeritus in Pharmacy and previously was a professor and division head of pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the UT Austin faculty in 1976 and was a professor for 37 years before retiring in 2013.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. McGinity earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1967 from the University of Queensland prior to earning his Ph.D. in physical pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1972. Before joining the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, he was a research investigator for E.R. Squibb and Sons in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was an associate professor of pharmacy at Texas Southern University.

Dr. McGinity’s research is focused on drug delivery through thermal processing technologies, including hot-melt extrusion and KinetiSol® processing. One of his most significant contributions is the application of his hot-melt extrusion patent, with Dr. Feng Zhang as a co-inventor, for the delivery of opioid medications in an abuse-deterrent formulation.

This abuse-deterrence technology made OxyContin® virtually tamperproof. The highly effective pain reliever had previously been withdrawn from the market due to its susceptibility to abuse. The technology was granted a U.S. patent in 2003, based on research conducted in his laboratories at UT Austin in the late 1990s and has received favorable comments in the press from representatives of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

During his tenure at UT Austin, Dr. McGinity supervised a total of 72 Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars. He has published 196 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has authored or co-authored 30 book chapters and has edited three books. He is a named inventor on 24 issued U.S. patents. Dr. McGinity was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in 1990. He has received several prestigious national and international awards: the Takeru & Aya Higuchi Memorial Lectureship presented by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Japan (2004), the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Technologies (2005), the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), and the “Ralph Shangraw Memorial Award” by the IPEC Foundation (2010).

Video

Dr. George Georgiou

Dr. James McGinity

Download it: Georgiou video | McGinity video

Patent holders

Inventors awarded U.S. patents in FY13-14

Ibrahim M.E. Abdelhalim
U.S. Patent 8,652,366

Michelle M. Adams Ivy
U.S. Patent 8,637,323

Eric Anslyn
U.S. Patent 8,637,323

Abdullah Aydogan
U.S. Patent 8,802,074

Sanjay Banerjee
U.S. Patent 8,709,892

Allen Bard
U.S. Patents 8,586,378; 8,702,958; 8,808,530; and 8,815,159

Scott Barton
U.S. Patent 8,759,055

Angela Belcher
U.S. Patent 8,523,044

Christopher Bielawski
U.S. Patent 8,802,074

Bryan Bunkowski
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Ting Chen
U.S. Patent 8,759,055

Xi Chen
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

Xiaoxia Chen
U.S. Patent 8,551,526

Martin Chenevert
U.S. Patent 8,783,352

Wonchang Choi
U.S. Patent 8,722,246

Daniel Coady
U.S. Patent 8,802,074

Rhykka Connelly
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Kent Davey
U.S. Patents 8,673,623 and 8,699,302

Kenneth Diller
U.S. Patent 8,617,230

Timothy Diller
U.S. Patent 8,617,230

Aditya Durgam
U.S. Patent 8,741,316

Barbara Ekerdt
U.S. Patent 8,771,713

Andrew Ellington
U.S. Patent 8,663,563

Stanislav Emelianov
U.S. Patent 8,815,212

Joshua Engstrom
U.S. Patent 8,779,094

Fu-Ren Fan
U.S. Patents 8,586,378; 8,808,530; and 8,815,159

Manfred Fink
U.S. Patent 8,675,191

Stephanie Freeman
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

George Georgiou
U.S. Patent 8,629,245

John Goodenough
U.S. Patent 8,647,773

Jian-Tao Han
U.S. Patent 8,647,773

Li-Hsin Han
U.S. Patent 8,540,627

Robert Heath, Jr.
U.S. Patents 8,565,331; 8,638,874; and 8,711,961

Robert Hebner
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Adam Heller
U.S. Patents 8,588,881; 8,666,470; 8,679,688; 8,703,458; and 8,759,055

Daniel Hensley
U.S. Patent 8,617,230

Kimberly Homan
U.S. Patent 8,815,212

Terry Hudson
U.S. Patent 8,758,794

Marguerite Hunt
U.S. Patent 8,772,454

Keith Johnston
U.S. Patents 8,551,526 and 8,779,094

Sang Taek Jung
U.S. Patent 8,629,245

Lynn Katz
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Nathaniel Kemp
U.S. Patents 8,531,676; 8,540,627; and 8,570,527

Eunha Kim
U.S. Patents 8,540,627 and 8,570,527

Hyug-Han Kim
U.S. Patent 8,759,055

JeeHyun Kim
U.S. Patent 8,540,627

Kerry Kinney
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Bruce Klappauf
U.S. Patent 8,672,138

Robert Krug
U.S. Patent 8,796,008

Karthik Kumar
U.S. Patents 8,531,676 and 8,540,627

Rei-Lin Kuo
U.S. Patent 8,796,008

Kevin Lee
U.S. Patent 8,689,935

Chongyan Liu
U.S. Patent 8,702,958

Hsing-Pang Liu
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo
U.S. Patent 8,703,458

Stephen Manifold
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Nicolas Mano
U.S. Patents 8,703,458 and 8,759,055

Arumugam Manthiram
U.S. Patent 8,722,246

Chuanbin Mao
U.S. Patents 8,523,044 and 8,709,892

Mikhail Matz
U.S. Patent 8,772,454

Jennifer Maynard
U.S. Patent 8,653,243

Maria Andrea Mazuski
U.S. Patent 8,779,094

Patricia Melfi
U.S. Patent 8,580,845

Thomas Milner
U.S. Patents 8,531,676; 8,540,627; 8,570,527; and 8,657,443

Bich-Thu Nguyen
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

Donald Nguyen
U.S. Patent 8,732,712

Jung Hwan Oh
U.S. Patent 8,540,627

Khalid Omer
U.S. Patent 8,815,159

Ali Panah
U.S. Patent 8,565,331

Robert Pearsall
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Charles Penney
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Nicholas Peppas
U.S. Patents 8,741,316 and 8,771,713

Keshav Pingali
U.S. Patent 8,732,712

Michael Pishko
U.S. Patent 8,588,881

Martin Poenie
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

David Prater
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Humera Rafique
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

Mark G. Raizen
U.S. Patent 8,672,138

Gary Rochelle
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

Miguel Angelo Rodrigues
U.S. Patent 8,779,094

Pawel Rowinski
U.S. Patent 8,666,470

H. Grady Rylander III
U.S. Patent 8,657,443

Christine Schmidt
U.S. Patents 8,668,863 and 8,758,794

A. Frank Seibert
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Jonathan Sessler
U.S. Patents 8,580,845 and 8,802,074

Mukul Sharma
U.S. Patent 8,783,352

Hugh Smyth
U.S. Patent 8,652,366

Jongwook Sohn
U.S. Patent 8,626,813

Daniel Solis
U.S. Patent 8,523,044

Jamie Sutherland
U.S. Patent 8,653,243

Earl Swartzlander, Jr.
U.S. Patent 8,626,813

Shan Tang
U.S. Patent 8,709,892

Karen Y. Twu
U.S. Patent 8,796,008

John Uglum
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Jim Upshaw
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

Philip Varghese
U.S. Patent 8,675,191

Rebecca Vincelette
U.S. Patent 8,657,443

Alexander Voice
U.S. Patent 8,816,078

Ashley Welch
U.S. Patent 8,657,443

Michael Werst
U.S. Patent 8,617,396

Robert O. (Bill) Williams III
U.S. Patent 8,551,526

Katheryne Wilson
U.S. Patent 8,815,212

Preston Wilson
U.S. Patent 8,689,935

Mark Wochner
U.S. Patent 8,689,935

Xiaoyin Xiao
U.S. Patent 8,586,378

Youjun Yang
U.S. Patent 8,637,323

Jiaguo Yu
U.S. Patent 8,815,159

Scott Zawko
U.S. Patent 8,668,863

Xiaojing (John) Zhang
U.S. Patent 8,531,676

Yongchao Zhang
U.S. Patent 8,759,055

Hongjun Zhou
U.S. Patent 8,808,530

Ray Zowarka, Jr.
U.S. Patent 8,699,302

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