Georgiou Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Professor Georgiou sitting at a desk wearing a button down shirt and tie, posing in an office.

Texas ChE professor George Georgiou, the Laura Jennings Turner Chair in Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI fellow status is a “professional distinction given to renowned academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society,” according to the academy.

Georgiou is being recognized for his work on the discovery and preclinical development of antibody and enzyme therapeutics, the development of tools for the understanding of serological and B cell antibody repertoire and on the high-resolution evaluation of humoral responses to vaccines for seasonal influenza and other diseases.  In addition to teaching chemical engineering, he is also a professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Biomedical Engineering Department and Department of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Natural Sciences.

Georgiou is a member the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has co-authored more than 230 referred publications and holds 82 issued and pending U.S. patents. He also founded oGGMJD LLC in 1999, Aeglea Biotherapeutics in 2013 and Kyn Therapeutics in 2015. In 2014, Georgiou was named UT Austin’s Inventor of the Year. In 2013, he was named one of the top 20 translational researchers by Nature Biotechnology.

Other UT Austin professors inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) this year include biomedical engineering professor Thomas Milner and chemistry professor Jonathan L. Sessler. They join Texas Engineering professors Joseph J. Beaman Jr., Nicholas Peppas and Bob Metcalfe as NAI fellows from UT Austin.

The 168 individuals named today bring the total number of NAI fellows to 582, representing more than 190 prestigious research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions. The 2015 fellows account for more than 5,300 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI fellows to more than 20,000.

The NAI fellows will be formally inducted on April 15, 2016, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

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