Inventor’s Award 2016
Mark Jackwood, the J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine and head of the department of population health, studies respiratory viruses including avian coronavirus, infectious bronchitis virus and avian influenza virus. His work involves the use of molecular techniques for the identification, characterization, and control of those viruses. He also studies genetic diversity, mutation rates and evolutionary trends among coronaviruses to elucidate mechanisms that can lead to the emergence of new viruses capable of causing disease. Jackwood has submitted more than dozen invention disclosures leading to four issued patents and two pending patent applications. Several of his technologies have been licensed to industry partners leading to four commercial poultry vaccines as well as autogenous vaccines used by the poultry industry. In addition to his vaccine development work, he co-developed a patented rapid diagnostic technique for infectious bronchitis virus, several antibody research tools, and he is co-inventor of a vaccine spray cabinet which has been licensed to a large animal health company.