Wyss Core Faculty members George Whitesides, Ph.D., and David Edwards, Ph.D., have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) joining 141 other innovators elected this year.
NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Together, this year's NAI Fellows hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.
"The impressive spectrum of technologies generated by the Whitesides and Edwards teams reflects the ambition and vigor of the Wyss Institute model," said Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, Ph.D. "It is wonderful to see their innovations recognized by such a prestigious academy."
In addition to his affiliation with the Wyss Institute, George Whitesides the most cited chemist in the world and author of more than 950 scientific articles and numerous patents is also the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. His work spans many disciplines, including physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, microfluidics, self-assembly, micro- and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, origin of life, cell-surface biochemistry, and more.
Whitesides is working with other Wyss researchers to pioneer advancements in soft robotics taking cues from flexible organisms such as the octopus to inspire the next generation of medical devices. He is also developing diagnostic tools that are low cost, simple to use, and durable enough to withstand conditions in rural areas and in the developing world. For example, he has incorporated advanced microfluidics into paper-based devices about the size of a postage stamp that can be used by laypeople to diagnose diseases such as diabetes.
Whitesides has received dozens of awards, including the Drey
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