Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology Inducted As 2020 National Academy of Inventors Fellow (UF Department of Anesthesiology)

Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology Inducted As 2020 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

A distinguished University of Florida Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology has been elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, the highest professional distinction awarded solely to academic inventors.

Richard J. Melker, MD, Ph.D., who co-founded UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech alum Xhale® Inc., a medical technology company, was chosen for his prolific biomedical inventions. Those include his first and most successful – the Melker Emergency Cricothyrotomy Catheter Set for emergency airway access licensed in 1985 by Cook Medical, which continues to be used frequently today worldwide – and numerous devices to improve patient monitoring. He has more than 70 issued U.S. patents to his name.

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