LSU to Host the 2019 NAI Annual Meeting in Houston

April 9, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA – LSU will serve as a hosting institution for the eighth Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, in Houston at the JW Marriott Galleria on April 10-11.

The theme of the meeting is “Connecting the Innovation Community,” and the program features presentations on topics such as industry, academy and government collaborations, connecting disciplines to explore innovative solutions, and insights for future innovation.

Presenters include NAI members and Fellows, as well as university leaders and government officials. The program features five keynote speakers, five panels and a variety of individual presentations. Andrew Maas, director of the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, will moderate a panel titled, “The Intersection of University Inventions and Recent Cases at the Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB).”

“As a member of the Board of Directors of NAI and also as the chair of the organizing committee for the annual meeting of NAI, supporting this meeting is an excellent example of LSU’s commitment to innovation and economic development,” said Kalliat T. Valsaraj, professor in the LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering.

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the NAI will conclude with the induction of the new Fellow inductees on April 11 in the Astronaut Gallery at Space Center Houston. Drew Hirshfeld, U.S. commissioner for patents, will deliver the keynote address.

Collectively, the 1,060 NAI Fellows represent more than 250 institutions worldwide. They hold more than 38,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, discoveries made by NAI Fellows have generated more than $1.6 trillion in revenue.

Among all NAI Fellows, there are more than 125 presidents and senior leaders of research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutes; 502 members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; 40 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 57 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; and 34 Nobel Laureates, among other awards and distinctions.

“The Annual Meeting of the NAI is consistently a space of collaboration and inspiration, where we can support and encourage academic inventors to pursue their loftiest goals,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “Houston, home of the Johnson Space Center, is a vibrant hub of innovation, exploration, and discovery, and the perfect place to recognize our incredible community. I look forward to two days of learning from, and with, our attendees and honoring the outstanding achievements of our members.”

A detailed agenda is available here. Invited papers from the meeting will be published in the NAI’s multidisciplinary journal, Technology & Innovation.

About the National Academy of Inventors

The NAI is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with more than 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.


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