Two University of Florida researchers, Dr. Christine Schmidt and Dr. Philip Koehler, have been named 2018 fellows in the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Schmidt is the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair in the
“Dr. Schmidt embodies the spirit of innovation – not only in her own approach to novel biomaterials research, but also in her capacity as Faculty and Department Chair, in actively supporting and encouraging students, postdocs, and
Dr. Schmidt developed a decentralized transplant tissue technology that led to the creation of UF startup AxoGen’s Avance® Nerve Graft. The graft, made of human nerve tissue intended for the surgical repair of peripheral nerve discontinuities, has benefitted soldiers, car accident victims, cancer patients, and more.
“Dr. Koehler is one of those all-too-rare scientists who
“A distinguished entomologist, he’s well-known and respected not only by his academic peers but also by the pest control industry,” Byatt continued. “Dr. Koehler has advised dozens of graduate students, and he has made hundreds of educational videos, training modules and extension communications that make his research and knowledge available to the general public.”
Those elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents, are affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity, and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
The National Academy of Inventors (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.