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NJ Innovation Shines Bright at Edison Patent Awards

The state’s innovative future shined bright last night as the Research & Development Council of New Jersey presented 14 Edison Patent Awards to 64 inventors. The 44th annual event, held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, honored researchers from various companies and institutions of higher education who, according to R&D Council President Anthony Cicatiello, represent the new age of innovation, because scientists “are seeking new answers to make societies better, healthier and more productive.”

Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) – who was the recipient of the R&D Council’s Chairman’s Award last night– said that he is extremely optimistic about the future of healthcare. He cited virtual nurse assistance, remote patient monitoring, and the delivery of acute care services in the home as things not imaginable in past years.

More importantly, Garrett discussed the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it is transforming healthcare. “There are so many AI use cases going on at HMH and throughout the country, that are showing the promise of diagnosing diseases much quicker than ever before and putting together treatment plans that are more personalized and effective,” Garrett said. “In the area of research, AI may be able to help us determine which drugs might be more successful going through clinical trials, which means drugs will come to market quicker and be available for patient care sooner.”

Overall, he said that the mission of HMH is “to transform healthcare and be the leader of positive change. Imbedded in this mission is … the spirit of innovation.”

The spirit of innovation was exemplified in Victor Lawrence, the recipient of the R&D Council’s Science & Technology Medal. Lawrence was recognized for his contributions to the global telecommunications industry, particularly his achievements that have enabled the rapid development of faster data communications technologies for a wide range of applications.

Lawrence, who had a five-decade career at Bell Labs and now teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology, said that the younger generation of upcoming innovators should not be afraid of failure because “from failure, you can achieve so many successes.”

He gave an example of one of his failures, which involved building the first modem while at Bell Labs. “To test the modem on an international network, we made a connection to British Telecom labs in the United Kingdom (today’s BT Group). What happened? We brought the network down. I thought I was going to be fired, but Bell Labs understood that sometimes you have to fail.”

He said that New Jersey must grow and expand its telecommunications industry, and that his dream is that every US citizen have access to affordable broadband internet service.

State Senator Andrew Zwicker, who was named Educator of the Year, stressed the importance of mentoring. As a physicist and now head of communications and public outreach at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Zwicker said he has mentored “dozens upon dozens of students.”

He told the audience, “Whether you work for a university, a private company, or a nonprofit, share what you do with young people because we are in a critical period. … The ability to think critically seems to be lost. It is getting harder and harder to just disagree. What is needed are scientists and engineers who will help develop the next generation of critical thinkers.”

In introducing the 14 patent winners, the R&D Council’s Cicatiello said that the changing speed of technology today is similar to the historic period when New Jersey’s own Thomas Edison was making his historic discoveries, holding more than 1,900 patents to his name.

Below is the list of patent winners. All recipients said that they were deeply humbled in receiving an honor that was associated with the Wizard of Menlo Park, as Edison was often referred to.

The 2023 Edison Patent Award Winners are:

Organization Category Patent Name and Number Inventor Names
American Standard Brands Public Health Collection Systems for Use in Offset Pit Latrines Having Pour Flush Latrine Pans, Collectors, Offset Pit Latrines and Related Methods, US 2015/0026877 Daigo Ishiyama, Gregory M. Gatarz,

James McHale

BASF Environmental Adsorbents and Methods of Making and Using Adsorbents,

U.S. Patent 10,953,383

Artem Vityuk, Alfonse Maglio, Keenan Deutsch, Linda Hratko
Bristol Myers Squibb Biotechnology Phosphorous (V)-Based Reagents, Processes for the Preparation Thereof, and Their Use in Making Stereo-Defined Organophosphorous (V) Compounds,

U.S. Patent 11,613,554

Michael Schmidt, Bin Zheng, Kyle Krouse, Justine DeGruyter, Martin Eastgate, Phil Baran, William R. Ewing, Richard Olson,

Ivar McDonald

Consolidated Energy Design Energy Method and System for Automatically Adapting End User Power Usage, U.S. Patent 9,002,761 Rey Montalvo
Mentor Worldwide, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company Medical Device Directional Tissue Expander,

U.S. Patent 9,463,087

Krasimira Hristov, Luis Alberto Davila, Anita M. Falcon, Michael Hoffman
Merck Research Laboratories Pharmaceutical Preparation of Cyclic Peptides as PCSK9 Antagonist Compounds,

U.S. Patent 11,427,616 B2

Harold B. Wood, Hubert B. Josien, Thomas Joseph Tucker, Angela Dawn Kerekes, Ling Tong, Abbas M. Walji, Anikumar G. Nair, Fa-Xiang Ding, Elisabettta Bianchi, Danila Branca, Chengwei Wu, Yusheng Xiong, Sookhee Nicole Ha, Jian Liu, Sobhana Babu Boga
New Jersey Institute of Technology Medical Technology Method, System, and Apparatus for Treatment of Binocular Dysfunctions, U.S. Patent 10,335,342 Tara Lynn Alvarez, John Vito D’Antonio-Bertagnolli, Robert Gioia,

Mitchell Scheiman, Chang Yaramothu

Nokia Bell Labs Telecommunications Method and Apparatus for Allocating Resources of a Frequency Band in a Wireless System Supporting at Least Two Radio Access Technologies,

U.S. Patent 9,100,978

Harish Viswanathan
Princeton University Biomaterials Devices with Multiple Surface Functionality, U.S. Patent 8,993,117 B2 Jeffrey Schwartz
Rowan University Sustainability Asphalt Concrete Having a High Yield Recycled Content and Method of Making the Same,

U.S. Patent 10,053,821

Yusuf Mehta, Aaron Nolan, Khyati Sonpal, Prashant Shirodkar
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Forensic Science Systems and Methods for Determining an Unknown Characteristic of a Sample, U.S. Patent 10,504,614 Catherine Grgicak, Desmond Lun,

Muriel Medard, Harish Swaminathan

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Agriculture Downy Mildew Resistant/Tolerant Sweet Basil Varieties,
U.S. Patent 10,159,212
James E. Simon, Robert Pyne,

C. Andrew Wyenandt

Siemens Technology Industrial Processes Machine Diagnosis Using Mobile Devices and Cloud Computers

U.S 2020/0356898

Tao Cui, Gunter Struck, Heiko Claussen,

Ram Kuruganty

Stevens Institute of Technology Information Technology Systems and Methods for Quantum -Secured Private-Preserving Computations,

WO Patent WO2021077021A1

Yuping Huang

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