Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc. is Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. Dr. Sanberg trained at York University, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among others. He has held academic positions at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Brown University. He is the co-editor-in-chief of Technology and Innovation, and serves on editorial boards for more than 25 scientific journals. Dr. Sanberg is the Executive Director of the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair. He is the author of more than 600 scientific articles, and thirteen books, with over 17,000 citations to his work. Dr. Sanberg is an inventor on 30 health-related patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and 70 foreign patents. He has recently been appointed by the U.S. acting secretary of commerce to the nomination evaluation committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation which is the highest honor awarded by the United States for technological achievement presented annually by the president. Dr. Sanberg’s early work was pioneering in understanding why brain cells die in neurological disorders and in drug abuse research. His recent work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and stem cell therapeutics to clinical trials for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He is the founder, president, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Jen Holloway, former Bay News 9 anchor, is also an accomplished inventor and finalist on Every Edisons with her innovative exercise product Workout 180. Jen graduated with a degree in Journalism from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. She also started her broadcast career in Atlanta at WTLK TV-14 as host of the city’s only week night, live, entertainment program. After Atlanta, Jen worked at KPRC Channel 2 in Houston, TX for a couple of years…..then on to Tampa Bay. Jen is an active volunteer and fund-raiser for The American Cancer Society, The Red Cross, The Leukemia Society and Junior Achievement here in the Bay Area. For more information on Jen, see www.jenniferholloway.com
Sebastian Dewhurst, Ph.D. In 2000, Dr. Dewhurst developed the concept of a new Rapid Application Development software product, later to become EASA. He recruited the EASA team, closed the first sales of the newly released EASA product, and obtained a US Patent covering the EASA concept. In 2008, Seb oversaw a management buy-out of EASA, which continues to grow, and to serve customers such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Zurich Financial, and Canon. Dr. Dewhurst obtained a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oxford in 1988, with an internship at NASA’s Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Dewhurst authored six papers which were accepted at various international conferences, as well as obtaining his Doctorate from Oxford. His doctoral thesis, entitled “The Application of Three Dimensional Laser Doppler Anemometry”, covered subjects such as fluid mechanics, turbo-machinery, heat and mass transfer, computational fluid dynamics and data visualization, and was relevant to industrial applications such as aircraft engines and nuclear reactors. He also held lectureships in Mathematics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Oxford. For more information, see www.easasoftware.com
Preliminary judging for contest entries is performed by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors each year. The National Academy of Inventors, with USF as its Founding Institution, is the brainchild of Paul Sanberg, USF’s senior vice president for Research & Innovation and the holder of 30 U.S. patents, including the first patents for using bone marrow and cord blood as a source of neural stem cells for brain repair. “Inventors embody the creativity and innovation which is a hallmark of a fast-growing research university,” Sanberg said. “I wanted to increase the perception at the university that innovation and patents are important, leading to transfer of technology to our society.”
Academy members are innovators of a wide array of inventions, from nanotechnology applications to new medical devices to bioengineered cells and clean energy technology. For example, internationally noted Alzheimer’s disease researcher Huntington Potter holds 14 patents – 13 related to medical research and one for a suitcase handle that allows travelers to tilt the bag so it won’t bump the ground while going up stairs. Patents held by USF faculty include devices that help keep track of people with dementia; ocean sensors used in marine sciences; medical imaging technology and even a transgenic mouse to study neurological diseases.
U.S. and international universities and academic research organizations are invited to join as member institutions and form local chapters to recognize and honor their own academic inventors. In addition, the National Academy of Inventors also edits a multidisciplinary journal that showcases the positive impact of novel technologies discovered in universities and non-profit research institutes, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). “The NAI allows us to recognize the extraordinary talent of academic inventors and honor their contributions to society in a way that also captures their talent and enthusiasm to stimulate technology development and promote entrepreneurship throughout the nation,” said Sanberg.