Boise State is a participant and sponsoring institution of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Conference with the theme of “Changing the Culture of Academic Invention” in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 21-22. The organization and event are hosted by fellow Big East Conference member University of South Florida.
“Boise State University places tremendous value in its charter NAI membership and is energized by the collective strength of this group,” said Mark Rudin, NAI conference co-chair and Boise State vice president for research and economic development. “By addressing major medical and technological challenges, research makes it possible to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies that enhance quality of life.”
Among the 40 charter member institutions, Boise State also is joined by new Big East partners Georgetown University, Temple University, University of Central Florida and University of Cincinnati. The NAI was founded in 2010 in order to recognize investigators at universities and non-profit research institutes who translate their research findings into inventions that may benefit society.
To join the NAI, an inventor must be affiliated with a member institution and be a named inventor on one or more patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Boise State has had 18 patents awarded, including 15 in the last three years, with another 25 pending.