USC Stevens Center for Innovation Recognizes USC Inventors at Annual Reception

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation recently hosted a special reception in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate inventors at the University of Southern California.

The event included the presentation of the 2nd Annual USC Stevens Center for Innovation Technology Commercialization Awards, honoring 77 USC researchers and scientists whose technology was licensed for the first time during the preceding year. A selection of photos from the event can be viewed below.

Showcasing commercialization successes from the USC inventor and research community, the awards recognized USC inventors across several USC schools and institutes who had worked with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to execute a license for their research or technologies. A full listing of the award winners is below.

“This event is a great opportunity to showcase USC inventors and the technologies that have been licensed,” said Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. “It demonstrates that USC research and inventions are making a real impact in our local communities and beyond.”

Additionally, during the event, Vice President of Research Randolph Hall recognized the 23 USC inventors who were being inducted into the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). A list of the new inductees is below.

The 23 new inductees join more than 300 USC inventors who were inducted last year. Individuals were inducted based on their being named on issued U.S. patents. The new inductees received chapter membership certificates and NAI lapel pins. For information on the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, read here.

The USC-NAI chapter is one of 46 local NAI chapters nationwide. With 354 members, the USC-NAI chapter is one of the largest. Those inducted at USC are part of a network of 2,500 chapter members who account for over 15,000 patents, according to the National Academy of Inventors.

Vice President of Research Randolph Hall also delivered a keynote speech on this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme of “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.” Hall’s presentation highlighted over a dozen USC women inventors who had invention disclosures with USC Stevens. During his speech, he applauded the culture of USC in valuing inventors  and recognized the groundbreaking research taking place at the university in a wide range of fields.

Here are the 2018 inductees in to the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors:

  • Donald Arnold, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Paula Cannon, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Chieh-feng Chang, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Fokion Egolfopoulos, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Leana Golubchik, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Garrett Gross, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Justin Haldar, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Perry Hoberman, USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Qiang Huang, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Alexa Hudnut, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Jason Junge, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Eve Kelland, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Gangning Liang, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Brett Lund, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Stacy Marsella, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
  • Margaret McLaughlin, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • Majid Monji, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Karthik Murali, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Thai Phan, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
  • Patrick Saris, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Stefan Scherer, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
  • Jean Shih, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Evan Suma Rosenberg, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

The following individuals were presented with USC Stevens Technology Commercialization Awards for their listed technologies:


USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Faculty
Social Work Skill Development Practices


USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Francesco Cutrale, Scott E. Fraser
An Imaging System

Kai Chen, Boris Kashemirov, Charles E. McKenna
Bisphosphonate Compounds for Bone Imaging

Nicos A. Petasis
Methods and Compositions for Sustained Treatment of Inflammatory or Autoimmune Diseases
Compounds for Treatment of Inflammatory and Degenerative Diseases

Robert Aniszfeld, Advaith Murali, Sri Narayan, Archith Nirmalchandar, Surya Prakash
Organic Flow Battery

Joseph P. Dunham, Scott E. Fraser, Simon Restrepo
Biocompatible Dendritic Polymers for Multimodal Labeling

Fengzhu Sun, Michael S. Waterman
HapBlock – Algorithms for Haplotype Block Partitioning and Tag SNPs Selection

Chao Zhang
Chemoproteomic Approach for Discovering Diverse Protein Targets


Keck School of Medicine of USC

Woojin An
Development of an Inhibitor of VprBP kinase

Mei Chen, David Woodley
Recombinant Collagen-7 Based Treatment for Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (DEB)

Cheng-Ming Chuong
Peptides to Promote Hair Growth

Alan Epstein
SEM-1 Human Testicular Cancer Cell Line
LN-6 Hybridoma

Alan Epstein, Peisheng Hu
Immunotherapy for Canine Tumors
Immunoconjugates and Cancer Immunotherapy

Mark Humayun
Therapeutic Applications of Sonolysis
Stem Cell-based Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Mei Chen, Wei Li, David Woodley
Monoclonal Antibodies Against Human Hsp90-alpha (3 licenses total)

Rizwan Masood, Uttam Sinha
Saliva-Based Early Detection Diagnostic Tests

Michael Selsted, Prasad Tongaonkar
Suppression of Inflammatory Mediators Using Macrocyclic Peptides

Henry Sucov
Coronary Artery Calcification Cell Line (2 licenses)

Weiming Yuan
Generation of a Human CD1d-knock in Mouse

David Hinton, Dan Hong Zhu
Stem Cell-based Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Peter Beerel, Melvin Breuer (deceased)
Timing Resilient Asynchronous Design

Peter Beerel, Huimei Cheng
Synchronous to Asynchronous Chip Design Translation Software

Yong Chen, Xiangjia Li, Huachao Mao
SLA 3D Printing Technology

Wael Abd-Almageed, Iacopo Masi, Gerard G. Medioni, Premkumar Natarajan, Ramakant Nevatia, Stephen Rawls, Yue Wu
Face Recognition Software

Ketan Savla
Traffic Control Methods

Xianhui Chen, Natnaree Siriwon, Pin Wang
CAR-T Therapeutics

Chongwu Zhou
Nanoparticles for High-Performance Lithium Batteries
Carbon Nanotube TFT Circuits for OLED Displays


USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Mark Bolas, Paul E. Debevec
3D Holograph Technology
Light Stage Scanning Technology (3 licenses)

Paul E. Debevec
HDR Shop (3 licenses)
Light Stage Scanning Technology (12 licenses)

Paul E. Debevec, Chloe LeGendre
Multi-Spectral Lighting Reproduction

Kelly Christoffersen, Nicolai Kalisch
Virtual Human Tools

Anton Leuski, David Traum
Virtual Human-Like Question-Answering Characters

Mark Bolas, Paul E. Debevec, Anton Leuski, Gerard G. Medioni, Ari Y. Shapiro, Evan Suma Rosenberg
Virtual Human Toolkit

Grace Benn, Kelly Christoffersen, Mark Core, Edward Fast, Arno Hartholt, Nicolai Kalisch, Matthew Liewer, Hathairat Rattanasook, Adam Reilly, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Thomas Talbot, Robert Weaver, Joe Yip
SimCoach and Standard Patient Virtual Training Environments

Grace Benn, Edward Fast, Arno Hartholt, Matthew Liewer, Jamison Moore, Adam Reilly, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Robert Weaver, Joe Yip
Virtual Human Toolkit

Grace Benn, Edward Fast, Arno Hartholt, Matthew Liewer, Jamison Moore, Adam Reilly, Peter Walters, Robert Weaver, Wendy Whitcup, Joe Yip
Monticello

–Published April 27, 2018 by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff

Photos from the Reception and Awards Ceremony

USC researchers Anton Leuski, Thomas Talbot, and Albert “Skip” Rizzo of the Institute for Creative Technologies enjoy the reception before the presentation and ceremony.

USC researchers Kai Chen (Keck School of Medicine) and Boris Kashemirov (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences)

Nikolaus Traitler (Licensing Associate at USC Stevens Center for Innovation) with USC researcher Chieh-feng Chang (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences)

Vice President of Research Randolph Hall and Prem Natarajan (Michael Keston Executive Director, USC Information Sciences Institute and Vice Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering)

USC researchers and inventors enjoyed the reception in the USC Downtown Building.

Vacit Arat and Young Cho (Information Sciences Institute/USC Viterbi School of Engineering)

Surya Prakash (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Uttah Sinha (Keck School of Medicine), Catherine Sinha

Inventors from the Institute for Creative Technologies (Anton Leuski, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Joe Yip, Wendy Whitcup, Grace Benn, Arno Hartholt, Matthew Liewer, Edward Fast) with Rakesh Pandit (Licensing Associate at USC Stevens Center for Innovation)

Hall’s presentation highlighted over a dozen USC women inventors who had invention disclosures with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

Janet Oldak (Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC) with Donaldson Santos (Associate Director, Licensing, Life Sciences at USC Stevens Center for Innovation)

USC researchers were inducted into the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Pictured: Vice President of Research Randolph Hall (far left) and USC Stevens Center for Innovation Executive Director Jennifer Dyer (far right) with honorees Chieh-feng Chang (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Jean Shih (USC School of Pharmacy), Dan Ruderman (Keck School of Medicine), Doris Sung (USC School of Architecture).

The 2nd annual event hosted by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation celebrated USC inventors with a reception, followed by a keynote presentation and ceremony.

The custom-made awards recognized USC inventors across several USC schools and institutes who had worked with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to execute a license for their research or technologies.

Randolph Hall delivered a keynote speech on this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme of “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.”

Vice President of Research Randolph Hall

Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, welcomed guests and provided an overview of the evening’s program.

Jennifer Dyer (Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation) and Anton Leuski (Institute for Creative Technologies)

Jennifer Dyer (Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation) and Charles Kaplan (Associate Dean of Research, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work)

Nicos Petasis (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences)

Charles McKenna (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Boris Kashemirov, (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Kai Chen (Keck School of Medicine)

Joseph Dunham (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Scott E. Fraser (Office of the Provost)

Jennifer Dyer (USC Stevens Executive Director) with Surya Prakash, Sri Narayan, Robert Aniszfeld, Advaith Murali, Archith Nirmalchandar (Loker Hydrocarbon Institute at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences)

Alan Epstein (Keck School of Medicine)

Alan Epstein and Peisheng Hu (Keck School of Medicine)

Uttam Sinha (Keck School of Medicine)

Weiming Yuan (Keck School of Medicine)

Mei Chen and Wei Li (Keck School of Medicine)

David Hinton (Keck School of Medicine)

Chongwu Zhou (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Natnaree Siriwon and Xianhui Chen (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Prem Natarajan and Iacopo Masi (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Arno Hartholt, Thomas Talbot, Matthew Liewer, Edward Fast, Grace Benn, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Joe Yip (Institute for Creative Technologies)

Joe Yip, Wendy Whitcup, Matthew Liewer, Grace Benn, Edward Fast, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Arno Hartholt (Institute for Creative Technologies)

John Cahoon, Stella Bi, Uttam Sinha

John Cahoon, Melody Ouyoung, Stella Bi, Uttam Sinha

Scott Fraser, Moumita Chakraborty (USC Stevens Licensing Associate), Joseph Dunham

Arno Hartholt, David Goldman, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Fred Kaplan, Vacit Arat