Steven Stice

Academic Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Steven Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, has led industry and academic research teams in the area of pluripotent stem cells for over 20 years.  Prior to joining the...

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Jerry Johnson

Inventor’s Award 2015 Jerry Johnson, professor of crop and soil sciences, has developed or co-developed a total of 44 new small grain crop varieties, including several wheat and barley cultivars. His research focuses particularly on the development of plant seeds or tissues that resist common diseases and...

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Mark A. Eiteman

Inventor’s Award 2014 Mark A. Eiteman, professor in UGA’s College of Engineering, is the inventor of multiple technologies directed at the industrial production of important commodity and specialty chemicals using microorganisms. These technologies include amino acids used in animal feed and nutritional supplements; a commodity chemical, which...

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D. Scott NeSmith

Inventor’s Award 2013 D. Scott NeSmith, professor of horticulture, has been an extraordinarily productive researcher and inventor of new plant varieties since joining UGA’s Griffin Campus in 1990. NeSmith’s research focuses particularly on the study of blueberries, and he has released and patented 10 new commercial blueberry...

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Roger Boerma

Inventor’s Award 2011 Roger Boerma, Distinguished Research Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences and director, UGA Center for Soybean Improvement and UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, developed several superior transgenic and conventional soybean cultivars now widely grown across the country. Boerma’s use of DNA marker-assisted selection...

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Mike Doyle and Tong Zhao

Inventor’s Award 2010 Mike Doyle, professor and director, UGA Center for Food Safety, and Tong Zhao, assistant research scientist, invented a food wash that significantly reduces the risk of food borne illnesses. The wash kills pathogens faster and more effectively on foods than any currently available wash...

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Michael Dirr

Inventor’s Award 2009   Michael Dirr, professor of horticulture (retired), has introduced more than 100 new plant varieties to the horticultural world and, through his lifelong passion for plants, has inspired generations of students, gardeners, and professional horticulturists. Many of his introductions are licensed worldwide; others have contributed...

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Vasu Nair

Inventor’s Award 2008 Vasu Nair, William H. Terry, Sr. Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, and director of the UGA Center for Drug Discovery, worked for more than a decade to bring HIV integrase inhibitors to the point...

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Robert Ivarie

Inventor’s Award 2007 Robert Ivarie, Professor and Head, Department of Genetics, is being recognized for anumber of inventions and novel methods to genetically engineer chickens as bioreactors for the low-cost production of proteins that have therapeutic potential for humans. Ivarie has five issued U.S. patents and14 pending...

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Michael Adang

Inventor’s Award 2006 Michael Adang, Professor of Entomology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, studies insects that have natural tolerance for or an acquired resistance to toxins that are typically used to protect crops. As an inventor in this field, he created technologies resulting in twelve patents. While conducting...

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