NanoBio Lab congratulates our A*STAR Senior Fellow Professor Jackie Ying on being the first Singapore-based researcher to be inducted as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI). She received this prestigious honor due to her outstanding contributions to innovative discovery and technology, patent inventions and licensing, significant impact on society, as well as support and enhancement of innovation. Together with the other 154 Class of 2017 NAI Fellows, Prof. Ying was inducted at the NAI’s 7th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on April 5, 2018.

Prof. Ying has won numerous international awards for her inventions. She was selected as an Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator by Technology Review. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in its Centennial Celebration. Her team’s invention on MicroKit received the 2011 Asian Innovation Silver Award from the Wall Street Journal Asia. She received the Crown Prince Grand Prize and the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation First Prize in the Brunei Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award. Prof Ying was the inaugural winner of the US$500,000 Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her innovation in bio-nanotechnology.

Prof. Ying, who was inspired to become an inventor after attending the same college (The Cooper Union) as Thomas Edison, said, “I am honored by this recognition. The most exciting aspect of research is the ability to make a societal impact through technological breakthroughs and innovations. Through NanoBio Lab, I look forward to creating an innovative culture that promotes internal and external collaborations among the engineers, scientists and medical doctors, and encourages our Youth Research Program students to pursue research careers that would make a significant impact to Singapore and globally. My next step is to establish an incubator to facilitate the seeding and growth of spin-off companies in the medtech and biotech sectors.”

The NAI is a non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 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.

The NAI Fellowship is the highest professional accolade for academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating of facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. The 2017 NAI Fellows are inventors on nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all fellows to more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents. With the election of the 2017 class, there are now 912 NAI Fellows.

Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 100 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes; 439 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 36 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 52 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; 29 Nobel Laureates; 261 AAAS Fellows; 168 IEEE Fellows; and 142 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.

“I am incredibly proud to welcome our 2017 Fellows to the Academy,” said NAI President Paul Sanberg. “These accomplished individuals represent the pinnacle of achievement at the intersection of academia and invention – their discoveries have changed the way we view the world. They epitomize the triumph of a university culture that celebrates patents, licensing, and commercialization, and we look forward to engaging their talents to further support academic innovation.”

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