Nobel Laureate and NASA Environmental Engineer among innovators elected
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2016) – Seven Florida inventors will be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame on Friday evening, Sept. 16, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.
U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew H. Hirshfeld from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker and induct the honorees.
“I am honored to be inducting the 2016 class of inventors,” said Hirshfeld. “Innovation advances the quality of life within our communities and throughout our nation, and we value the ongoing efforts of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame that help recognize and encourage invention in the U.S.”
The inductees are: William Dalton, for his revolutionary developments in personalized cancer treatment (M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida); Yogi Goswami, for his pioneering contributions and technology development related to solar energy and indoor air quality (University of South Florida); Alan Marshall, inventor of Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry, used to analyze complex structures (Florida State University); Nicholas Muzyczka, whose ground breaking research in adeno-associated viruses has led to numerous breakthroughs in gene therapy (University of Florida); Jacqueline Quinn, environmental engineer at Kennedy Space Center, who invented NASA’s most licensed and recognized technology for groundwater remediation; Nobel Laureate Andrew Schally, for his discovery of hypothalamic hormones and its subsequent applications to cancer treatment (University of Miami and Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center); and M.J. Soileau, for his pioneering research in the advancement of high energy laser optics and for leading the development of the internationally recognized Center for Research & Education in Optics & Lasers (University of Central Florida)
“Collectively, the seven 2016 inductees hold more than 90 U.S. patents,” said Randy Berridge, chair of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame 2016 Selection Committee and president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. “Among them are representatives of two storied U.S. agencies, a non-profit research institute, and five Florida research universities.”
Home Shopping Network’s Bill Green will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, a role he has performed since the Hall of Fame’s inaugural year. The veteran television presenter served as on-air host at HSN for more than 22 years. Green has also been a finalist judge for the USF Young Innovator Competition for the past five years.
Nominees, who must have at least one U.S. patent and a connection to Florida, were nominated through an open process and elected by a selection committee comprising distinguished leaders in research and innovation throughout Florida.
“The high merit of this year’s inductees has been recognized by national and international organizations with many other honors and awards,” said Paul R. Sanberg, chair of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame advisory board and senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF. “We are honored to be inducting them into the Hall of Fame.”
Additional information about each of the inductees, including photos, is available here.
About the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FIHF) recognizes and commends Florida inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, the state and the nation. Founded in 2013 and housed in the USF Research Park in Tampa, FIHF was recognized by Florida Senate Resolution 1756 in April of 2014. FIHF encourages individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation, and, by commending the incredible scientific work being accomplished in the state, to further the growth of Florida’s innovation sector. FloridaInvents.org