University of Florida Researchers Among 2020 Inductees Into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (Florida Inventors Hall of Fame)

University of Florida Researchers Among 2020 Inductees Into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Three University of Florida researchers were selected among the newest members of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Christine Schmidt, Ph.D. is professor and chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, known for her prominent contributions to biomaterials science and cellular/tissue engineering. Schmidt’s research and unique approach to neural regeneration resulted in the creation of a biochemically-processed nerve graft, which was licensed to AxoGen, Inc. in Alachua, Florida and commercialized as ADVANCE™.

Christopher Batich, Ph.D. is a professor at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and inventor of Bioguard, a groundbreaking anti-bacterial surface treatment material that is being used as the standard of care for advanced wound dressing and bacterial barrier in burn units and nursing homes throughout the United States.

Nicholas Bodor, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Bodor Laboratories in Miami, Florida and graduate research professor emeritus (active) at the UF College of Pharmacy who is recognized internationally as a leader in drug discovery, design, and delivery. Bodor invented revolutionary retrometabolic drug design concepts that have improved the ratio of therapeutic effect and safety of medication.

Honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all inventors in the state of Florida. The nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprising distinguished experts in the relevant fields of innovation. Nominees elected to the Hall of Fame are inducted at an annual ceremony, where their achievements are honored and their influence on society acknowledged and celebrated.

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