Second Sight Medical Products announced that Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD, Chairman, was inducted as a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow at a ceremony held at the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire team at Second Sight, we congratulate Bob for his distinguished and profound contributions to science, technology, and medicine, which have advanced our understanding of the tremendous potential of technology to restore vision and enabled blind individuals with Retinitis Pigmentosa to regain some useful vision,” Will McGuire, President and CEO of the company, said in the news release.
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to inventors who 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. According to the 2016 NAI Activities Report, published in July 2016, NAI Fellows have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.1 million jobs, with over $100 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.
Those elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
As of December 31, 2016, Second Sight had 381 issued patents and 126 pending patent applications worldwide, with over 350 issued patents and over 100 pending applications naming Dr. Greenberg as an inventor.
About the 2016 NAI Fellows
The 2016 NAI Fellows evaluated by the 2016 Selection Committee included 19 members, comprised of NAI Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and senior officials from the USPTO, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Association of American Universities, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of University Technology Managers, and National Inventors Hall of Fame, among other organizations.
Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes; 376 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 28 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 45 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; 28 Nobel Laureates, 216 AAAS Fellows; 126 IEEE Fellows; and 116 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.
With the election of the 2016 class, there are now 757 NAI Fellows. The 2016 Fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.
Complete list of NAI Fellows: https://Academyofinventors.org/search-fellows.asp.