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Collegiate Inventors Competition announces winners for 2007
Date:11/2/2007

ecular sieves), Marcian Ted Hoff (microprocessor), Donald Keck (optical fiber), George Smith (charge-coupled device), and Rangaswamy Srinivasan (excimer laser surgery). This years additional guest judges were Jasemine Chambers, Biotechnology Group Director for the USPTO and Jeffrey Pan, Advanced Technology, Global Pharmaceutical Discovery for Abbott.

"At Abbott we are deeply committed to fostering the next generation of innovators," said Jeff Pan, Ph.D., Advanced Technology, Global Pharmaceutical Discovery, Abbott. "And as a scientist, I am encouraged by the depth of talent demonstrated this week in the competition. It is a thrill for me to serve a role in this important event."

All of the Competition finalists have already contributed to making our world a better place, said Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. The hard work and ingenuity that they have demonstrated during this competition are truly exceptional, and Im encouraged that this generation is making scientific advances like the ones were celebrating.

Ian Cheong, 33, arrived at Johns Hopkins University from his native Singapore prepared to focus on cancer therapy. Drugs used in cancer treatment routinely kill the healthy cells as well as the cancer cells because they are potent but nonspecific. Cheong took on the task of finding a way to make the cancer drugs more specific. He injected bacterial spores into the subject which made their way to oxygen-poor areas within cancerous tumors. Then, Cheong put a cancer-fighting drug in lipid particles and injected those liposomes into a subject. The germinated bacterial spores also secrete a protein that makes liposomes fall apart when the drug-containing liposomes are in the proximity of the tumors, and the drug is released only in those specific areas. Cheong, originally educated as a lawyer, received his Ph.D. in cell and molecular medicine from Johns Hopkins and is currently working o
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