LSU Veterinary School researcher joins other National Academy of Inventors fellows at national conference



BOSTON--Mandi Lopez, DVM, PhD, DACVS, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and director of the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research, joined nearly 400 constituents of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in Boston April 5-7 for its Sixth Annual Conference. The conference featured keynote speeches by Andrew H. Hirshfeld, U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, IBM's most prolific female inventor, and H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel Laureate and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The meeting also included the NAI's inaugural Student Innovation Showcase.


The theme of the NAI's sixth annual conference was "Recognizing Pillars of Academic Innovation," and the program featured presentations on topics such as Changing the Academic Innovation Landscape, Issues Relating to Public Policy and Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Drive the Future of Innovation. Presenters included academic luminaries among the NAI's members and Fellows as well as university leaders, government officials, and student innovators.


The NAI inducted the newly elected Fellows on April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where Hirshfeld will delivered a keynote address.


"It is an honor to once again participate in the NAI's Annual Conference and the induction of some of our nation's most esteemed academic inventors," Hirshfeld said. "It is extremely gratifying to watch the NAI grow into one of the leading organizations that promotes invention by emphasizing the role of patents. I look forward to honoring the newest class of NAI Fellows and their vital contributions to society."


The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.1 million jobs. In addition, over $100 billion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.


With the induction of the 2016 class, there are now 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 382 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 31 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 45 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 28 Nobel Laureates, 216 AAAS Fellows, 126 IEEE Fellows, and 122 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.


LSU"s NAI fellows are Dr. Mandi Lopez (LSU School of Veterinary Medicine), Dr. Kailliat T. Valsaraj (LSU ORED) and Dr. Isiah Warner (LSU College of Science).


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