UConn Leaders Named NAI Senior Members

Technology Commercialization Services’ (TCS) Mostafa Analoui and Greg Gallo along with faculty researchers, Yupeng Chen and Changchun Liu, have been elected National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Members. NAI Senior Members are chosen from active faculty, scientists, and administrators with success in patents, licensing and commercialization who have produced technologies that have the potential for a real impact on the welfare of society. Senior Members also foster a spirit of innovation within their communities through enhancing an inventive atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.

This class of NAI Senior Members comprises 61 accomplished academic inventors representing 36 research universities, governmental entities, and non-profit institutes worldwide. They are named inventors on over 617 issued U.S. patents.

“This national distinction speaks to the dedication and reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship exhibited by UConn’s faculty, staff, and students. I’d like to congratulate Drs. Analoui, Chen, Gallo, and Liu on this well-deserved honor,” says Abhijit Banerjee, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

TCS works closely with UConn inventors and the UConn Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors to support UConn researchers through each stage of commercialization, supporting their business ventures, and promoting innovation. Being recognized for these efforts by NAI solidifies the importance of these services to researchers and the value TCS experts can provide for faculty inventors.

The UConn Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI-UConn) was established in 2017 to promote scientific innovation and inventorship across all disciplines in the UConn community. The chapter develops educational and mentorship programs around invention and inventorship and also increases awareness regarding innovation and encourage the disclosure of intellectual property. NAI-UConn drives engagement by bringing academia and industry together and creates a platform to share the lessons learned by UConn inventors and other research communities in Connecticut.

“As CEO of the Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering and President of the UConn Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), I am thrilled that four UConn innovators have been selected as NAI Senior Members. Their commitment to innovation and inventorship is inspiring and speaks to the true essence of superior inventors we have here at UConn,”Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, who is also Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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