Updated Mon, Dec 24, 2012 10:33 am
For the first time, two Ohio University professors have been named charter fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
John Kopchick and Geradine Botte are two of 98 fellows chosen to be NAI fellows by their peers. They are recognized for their outstanding contribution to innovation.
Ohio University says Botte has become nationally recognized for innovative solutions to alternative energy and environmental issues.
Botte is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Kopchick, a professor of molecular biology, helped develop the drug Somavert, which is used to treat a hormonal condition that causes a form of gigantism.
"It is certainly an honor and a privilege to be incorporated into this national academy of inventors hall of fame," Kopchick said. "For me the prestige is great, for the university its better."
Between the two of them the pair have a total of 25 U.S. patents and 34 patents pending.