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NAI Fellows Robert Langer, Leroy Hood and Member James Wynne receive US National Medals
Date:1/8/2013

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2013)MIT professor Robert Langer and IBM inventor James Wynne will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology will receive the National Medal of Science early this year from President Obama.

In announcing the 23 scientists receiving this year's national medals, President Obama said: "I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators. They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation greatand they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment."

Langer and Hood were also recently named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Wynne is a Charter Member of the NAI.

"The National Academy of Inventors congratulates Drs. Langer, Hood and Wynne on their outstanding accomplishments," said Paul Sanberg, NAI president and senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida. "We are honored to have them as fellows and members of the NAI."

Langer will provide the keynote address and Hood will be a featured speaker at the second annual conference of the National Academy of Inventors, to be held Feb. 21-22, 2013, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, when they will also be inducted as part of the charter class of the 101 top scientists, innovators, and leaders from the academic world elected as 2012 NAI Charter Fellows (see complete Fellows list at http://nai.usf.edu/naiweb/search-fellows.asp).

Robert Langer is one of only three Americans to have won both the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is MIT professor of chemical engineering and co-founder of InVivo Therapeutics Corporation, a company developing technologies to treat sp
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Contact: Judy Lowry
jhlowry@usf.edu
813-974-3181
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)
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