Congratulations to Richard L. Ehman, Professor of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic and CEO of Resoundant, Inc., on being elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI Fellows are chosen for their "highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity. Dr. Ehman is listed as an inventor on over 70 U.S. patents, many around his invention of the novel imaging technology, Magnetic Resonance Elastography.
"It's a tremendous honor to join so many other accomplished innovators as an NAI Fellow," said Dr. Ehman. "I've found that you will need passion to navigate the collision of invention with market, but make sure to keep things in perspective and find satisfaction in creating a positive impact in the world." Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. Dr. Ehman will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors on April 6, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, MA. U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the ceremony.