Inventor of the Year 2018

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 will be presented during the Researcher and Scholar of the Year Award Ceremony, to be held on February 6, 2019.

Inventor of the Year is Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek

A strong advocate of public education programs, Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek’s career focuses on improving survival for cardiac arrest patients. As the leader of the Illinois Heart Rescue Program, Vanden Hoek developed a community based program teaching life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques. Now, research focused on the areas of ischemia/reperfusion injury and therapeutic hypothermia has led Vanden Hoek and his team to develop a novel peptide drug that mimics the effect of therapeutic hypothermia, an established treatment to improve survival and brain function following resuscitation after cardiac arrest. Already tested in mouse and swine models, this novel drug has demonstrated a significant increase in survival rates for cardiac arrest patients. With over 600,000 individuals in the US affected annually by sudden cardiac arrest resulting in an economic expenditure of $33 billion yearly, this invention may have a significant impact on the cost burden for cardiac care. In 2018, Dr. Vanden Hoek’s team was awarded a Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) Accelerator Award to support an investigational new drug filing (IND) and fund pre-clinical trials. This drug development process has also been supported by the University of Illinois Chancellor’s Innovation Proof of Concept award. Dr. Vanden Hoek has invested significant time and effort to move this cutting-edge technology forward and strongly deserves to be named the UIC 2018 Inventor of the Year!