Inventor of the Year Award Winners

The Inventor of the Year Award honors an outstanding inventor or team of inventors at University of Illinois at Chicago who have made a contribution to the development of intellectual property that significantly impacts their field and society. The award is given based on the criteria of creativity, novelty, and the commercial benefit to society.

The award was presented during the Researcher and Scholar of the Year Award Ceremony, held on February 7, 2018.

Dr. Jain has worked tirelessly to bring new treatments for ocular diseases through the commercialization process. His innovative technology, brimonidine eyedrops, received Orphan Drug designation by the FDA, and he is currently spearheading the protocol development necessary for this technology to enter Phase II clinical trials. Earlier this year, Dr. Jain received a UIC Proof of Concept award to aid in further development of his DNase I eye drop technology, a treatment for ocular GVHD and for dry eye disease.  Because of his hard work and commitment, this new technology is set to enter Phase I/II clinical trials.  Finally, Dr. Jain has formed a startup company, ADVAITE, and recently submitted a Small Business Technology Transfer application to the NIH to support further development of treatments for ocular diseases.

Past Winners of The Inventor of the Year Award

2016

  • Brian Kay, Inventor of the Year
  • Greg Thatcher, Innovator and Inventor of the Year

 

2014

  • Constantine Mergaridia, Inventor of the Year, College of engineering
  • Mark Rasenick, PhD, Innovator of the Year, College of medicine, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

 

2013

  • Sudip Mazumder, PhD, Innovator of the Year, College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Alan Feinerman, PhD, Innovator of the Year, College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engendering

 

2012

  • Mahnaz Shahidi, PhD, Inventor of the year, College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Craig Niederberger, PhD, Innovator of the Year, College of Medicine, Department of Urology

 

2011

  • Alan Feinerman, PhD, College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

2010

  • David W. Carley, PhD, College of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary, critical care, sleep and allergy, Department of Pharmacology
  • Miodrag Radulovacki, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of Pharmacology

 

2009

  • Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences

 

2002

  • Fady T. Charbel, MD, College of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery

 

2001

  • Faydor L. Litvin, PhD, College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 

2000

  • Igor B. Roninson, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics
  • Charles K. Rhodes, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics
  • John M. Pezzuto, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  • Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  • Thomas A. DeFanti, PhD, College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Daniel J. Sandin, MS, College of Architecture & the Arts, School of Arts and Design
  • Ananda M. Chakrabarty, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • David E. Boyce, PhD, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

 

1991

  • Donald A. Chambers, PhD, College of Medicine,, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

 

1986

  • Abe Widra, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

 

1985

  • John C. M Tsibris, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • William N. Spellacy, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology