VCU Innovation Gateway and the National Academy of Inventors Gather to Celebrate Academic Innovation

Innovation Gateway
May 3, 2018 · 4 min read

Richmond, Virginia, April 20, 2018 — Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the state’s premier urban, public research university, hosted a reception yesterday to honor faculty induction into the National Academy of Inventors. Held on campus in conjunction with VCU’s Innovation Gateway and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Chapter and other supporting organizations, the event was well attended and highlighted accomplishments stemming from faculty research and patents. Special guests included VCU’s NAI fellows Dr. Barbara D. Boyan, Dean, VCU’s School of Engineering and Dr. Paul B. Fisher, Director of VCU’s Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Faculty patents and licensing of inventions are key to helping fund VCU research, but more importantly are designed to stretch far beyond the campus boundaries. From cost-cutting AIDS treatments that have shined a new light on how to streamline the manufacturing process of medicines by Dr. Frank Gupton, Professor and Chair Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, to a record number of U.S. patents stemming from musculoskeletal defect research by Dr. Boyan, the university’s first NAI Fellow, the impact of the program has demonstrated its benefit on society.

“The power of research and resulting inventions/patents by our faculty and students is exciting and reinforces VCU as a premiere university in research,” says Dr. Ivelina Metcheva, Senior Executive Director of Innovation Gateway. “We have always welcomed and will continue to encourage our brightest minds through a positive environment that supports ideas that are far reaching”.

Fostering a climate for success in research and inventions by faculty and students, VCU’s Innovation Gateway has already experienced a record-setting year in 2017 relative to licensing, patents, industry engagements and two new life-changing products. With a process developed to help VCU researchers take innovative ideas from conception to market through start-ups and established companies, the Innovation Gateway boasts “bringing ideas to life” with an ultimate goal of benefiting the public at large.

Similarly, the National Academy of Inventors has a history of moving discoveries “from ideas to action” and shares VCU’s goal of taking academic inventions through support and nurturing that creates more opportunities for successful patents in medicine, technology, and engineering as well as other programs. “We congratulate VCU for encouraging their faculty and students to discover original and viable solutions that yield successful patents and licensing,” says NAI Director Spencer Montgomery. “Continuing to support this trend of transforming research into marketable ideas at VCU is what drives the National Academy of Inventors”

Inductees into the VCU Chapter of NAI

Inductees into the VCU Chapter of NAI

Dr. Everett Carpenter

Dr. M Samy El-Shall

Dr. Nicholas Farrell

Dr. Frank Gupton

Dr. Zvi Schwartz

Dr. Wanchun Tang

Dr. Bennett C. Ward

Dr. Hong Zhao

Dr. Jayasimha Atulasimha

Dr. Supriyo Bandyopadhyay

Dr. Franklin Bost

Dr. Sonya Clark

Dr. Swadesh Das

Dr. Umesh Desai

Dr. Rober F Diegelmann

Dr. Michael Donnenberg

Dr. Lynne Gehr

Dr. Todd Gehr

Dr. Ram Gupta

Dr. Michael Hindle

Dr. Aron Lichtman

Dr. Worth Longest

Dr. Michael Mancini

Dr. Martin Mangino

Dr. Richard Marconi

Dr. Darrell Peterson

Dr. Peter Pidcoe

Dr. John Reavey-Cantwell

Dr. Shunlin Ren

Dr. Thomas Roper

Dr. Bruce Rubin

Dr. Martin Safo

Dr. David Simpson

Dr. Sarah Spiegel

Dr. Jerry Strauss

Dr. Lei Xi

Dr. Shijun Zhang

Dr. Yan Zhang

About Virginia Commonweath University Innovation Gateway
VCU Innovation Gateway began in 1994 for the purpose of protecting and commercializing valuable VCU inventions and creations. To support the implementation of the VCU strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, Innovation Gateway broadened its mission and activities in 2014. The office is not only responsible for commercializing VCU research, but is now committed to enhancing the overall culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at VCU and contributing to the growth of the region’s innovation ecosystem. This broader mission will foster collaborations with local and prospective companies to build external support for our inventors; will grow an entrepreneurial population that could help us commercialize our technologies through new venture creation and thus support economic growth of our region. At VCU Innovation Gateway, we are dedicated to VCU’s success within a growing regional ecosystem. For more information, visit

About National Academy of Inventors
“The National Academy of Inventors® is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide.” Their mission is to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the USPTO, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Learn more at

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