BETHESDA, MD – In an event this afternoon at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, two funded scientists of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) were inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph, Ph.D., and Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D., both NFCR fellows, were among the group of academic inventors to have received the professional honor. Originally elected as NAI fellows in December, today’s induction ceremony included a keynote address by Commissioner of Patents Andrew H. Hirshfeld of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Doctors Fisher and Jain join a select group of fewer than a thousand peers. Election and induction as an NAI fellow are widely considered as among the highest professional accolades bestowed to academic inventors who, according to the Academy, “have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.”
Persons elected as an NAI fellow are named inventors of U.S. patents and are nominated by their peers. The current class was evaluated by an 18-member selection committee comprised of NAI fellows, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of
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