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Governor Murphy, 15 Companies, and Others Honored at R&D Council’s 40th Annual Edison Patent Awards

The Research & Development Council presented its Edison Patent Award to 15 companies that, according to Council President Anthony Cicatiello, “reveal how the state’s research community is still alive, active and prodigious in terms of innovation.”

The 40th annual event, held last night the Liberty Science Center, also honored individuals including Gov. Phil Murphy, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Arthur Ashkin.

Governor Murphy, who received the Chairman’s Award, thanked the 15 companies for conducting their groundbreaking work in New Jersey. Commenting on his administration’s accomplishments in supporting the state’s high-tech industries, he mentioned modernizing New Jersey’s R&D tax credit program for the first time in decades by expanding eligible research categories, implementing new calculation methods and increasing available credits.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished,” Murphy said. “All of our work points to one goal: We want New Jersey to be nothing less than the dominant force of the global innovation economy. We know we can do this. … We have every advantage: our location, our people, our values, our history, and our common vision.

“My job is to make sure no [other state] can say they have a better talent location than New Jersey,” Murphy continued. “I am just as committed to our future as ever. Innovation is deep within our DNA. Step by step, we are reclaiming the heritage given to us by Thomas Edison, by our Nobel laureates and by the long list of researchers from places like, Rutgers University, Princeton University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the rest of our proud research institutions.”

In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Edison Patent Awards, Larry O’Connell, R&D Council chair and vice president, global technical leadership at IBM, said, “Forty years ago, the founding members of this council found it important to say – out loud – that innovation matters here in New Jersey, and that researchers deserved recognition. With so many achievements to celebrate, we are still saying that all of this matters because, right here in the Garden State, we continue to improve lives throughout the world.”

Below is a list of the 2019 Edison Patent Awards winners

2019 Edison Patent Award Winners

Organization Category Inventor Names Patent Name and Number


Avaya Inc.


Information Technology


George Erhart, David Skiba, Venkatesh Krishnaswamy, Ravi Sethi, Val Matula Computer and Telephony Integration

U.S. Patent 8,509,419


Morristown, NJ
BASF Corporation




Alfonse Maglio, David Durocher


Method of Removing Strontium Cations from a Water Stream Using an Amorphous Titanium Silicate

U.S. Patent 9,744,518


Iselin, NJ
Bristol-Myers Squibb


Enabling Technology


Ryan M. Moslin, David S. Weinstein, Stephen T. Wrobleski, John S. Tokarski, Shuqun Lin, Steven H. Spergel, Yanlei Zhang Amide-Substituted Heterocyclic Compounds Useful as Modulators of IL-12, IL-23 and/or IFNa Responses

U.S. Patent 9,505,748

Princeton, NJ
Celgene Corporation


Medical Technology


Peter Schafer, Raj Chopra, Antonio Lopez-Giroma, Laura Corral, Maria Yang, Pilgrim Jackson, Methods for Determining Drug Efficacy using Cereblon-Associated Proteins

U.S. Patent 9,857,359

Summit, NJ
Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company



Medical Device Duan Ou Rapid Cure Silicone Lubricious Coatings

U.S. Patent 9,434,857

Somerville, NJ
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company




Smruti A. Dance, Douglas E. Deckman, Kevin J. Kelly, Ahmed F. Abou El Enein, Benjamin D. Eirich Lubricating Oil Compositions with Engine Wear Protection

U.S. Patent 9,506,009

Annandale, NJ
Honeywell International


Industrial Process


Stephen Cottrell, Yuon Chiu, Haluk Kopkalli, Hsueh Sung Tung, Kevin Uhrich, Peter Scheidle Methods of Making 2,3,3,3-Tetraflouro-2-Propene

U.S. Patent 9,890,096

Morris Plains, NJ
Insmed Incorporated


Emerging Therapy


Gina Eagle, Renu Gupta


Methods for Treating Pulmonary Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial Infections

U.S. Patent 10,251,900


Bridgewater, NJ
Merck & Co., Inc.




Timothy A. Blizzard, Helen Chen, Jeffrey D. Hermes, Jason E. Imbriglio, Seongkon Kim, Christopher J. Mortko


Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors

U.S. Patent 8,487,093

Rahway, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology




Chrystoff Camacho


Systems and Methods for Aerial Seeding

U.S. Patent 9,930,827

Newark, NJ
Nokia Bell Labs




Hungkei Chow, Werner Coomans, Jochen Maes


Full-Duplex Communication Over a Shared Transmission Medium

U.S. Patent 10,200,167

Murray Hill, NJ
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey




David Alland, Soumitesh Chakravorty


Detection of Drug Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

U.S. Patent 9,708,671

Piscataway, NJ
Siemens Corporate Technology


Smart Grid


Sanjeev K, Srivastava, Sindhu Suresh, Paul J. Bruschi, Dong Wei, Parag Patre, Yaosue Xue


Flexible Control Architecture for Microgrid Resiliency

U.S. Patent 10,116,164

Princeton, NJ
Siemens Healthineers


Medical Imaging


Tommaso Mansi, Tiziano Passerini, Ali Kamen, Bogdan Georgescu, Dorin Comaniciu


System and Method for Visualization of Cardiac Changes Under Various Pacing Conditions

U.S. Patent 9,589,379

Princeton, NJ


Telecommuni-cation Systems Yu Sun, Oleg Sinkin, Maxim Bolshtyansky, Alexei Pilipetskii, Dmitri Foursa


Spatial Division Multiplexed Optical Communication Systems and Amplifiers for the Same

U.S. Patent 10,135,221

Eatontown, NJ

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