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Peppas Inducted into Prestigious National Academy of Inventors

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     Nicholas Peppas

Nicholas Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded 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.

Peppas is a world leader and innovator in the fields of biomaterials, bionanotechnology, drug delivery, and pharmaceutical bioengineering. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including, most recently, the Giulio Natta Medal from the Polytechnic School of Milan in Italy and the Applied Polymer Science Award from the American Chemical Society.

Peppas has 43 U.S. patents pending or issued, has founded three successful companies to further develop biomaterial and drug delivery therapies, and has published over 1,250 papers. With over 69,000 citations, he is the most highly cited bioengineer in Google Scholar and one of the most highly cited experts in the world. Peppas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, French Academy of Pharmacy, Royal Academy of Spain, Academy of Athens, and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas.

Those named bring the total number of NAI Fellows to 414, representing some of the country's most prestigious research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions. Included among NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, and 21 Nobel Laureates.

The elected Fellows were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

The Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will induct Peppas during the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on March 20, 2015, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.