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Three Case researchers are recognized as national-class inventors

In recent months, Case saw three of its researchers selected for induction into the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

 

The honorees are Anant Madabhushi, the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Scott Bruder, an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, and Umat Gurkan, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

 

The academy recognizes innovators whose work has made an impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. The Case innovators will be honored, along with 175 other elite inventors from around the world, at the academy’s 10th annual meeting scheduled for June in Tampa, Florida.

 

Madabhushi, PhD, director of the university’s Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His work with predictive analytics has expanded the scope and impact of medical imaging and precision medicine. One of the most prolific inventors at CWRU, he holds 60 patents and more are pending.

 

“This is really a testimony to the amazing work ongoing by our students, postdocs and scientists at the center,” he said upon learning of the honor. “We are pushing the boundaries of what artificial intelligence can do for precision medicine.”

 

Bruder, PhD ’90, MD, was also named a fellow in the academy. He was previously part of the faculty at the CWRU School of Medicine and now runs his own consulting firm, the Bruder Consulting & Venture Group. The former chief medical and scientific officer for Stryker, Bruder earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Case Institute of Technology. He has more than 20 issued and pending U.S. and international patents.

 

Gurkan, PhD, was named a senior member of the academy, a step below fellow. The honor recognizes his promise as an innovator. Five of Gurkan’s patents have been licensed or commercialized by four companies. 

 

“Almost every one of his patents has led to a big commercial play,” observed Joseph Jankowski, CWRU’s Chief Innovation Officer. “When he makes something, it’s really cool.”

Gurkan is an expert in the body’s circulation system and targets blood diseases with new treatments, including quick diagnostic tools.  Startups driven by his technology include Hemex Health, which developed a rapid test for sickle cell disease; and XaTek, maker of the ClotChip, a blood-clotting sensor that received breakthrough device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

The Case trio will join nine other academy members with CWRU connections, including three engineers: P. Hunter Peckham, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of biomedical engineering, Jeffrey Duerk, the former Dean of the Case School of Engineering, and incoming CWRU President Eric Kaler.

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Anant Madabhushi

Scott Bruder

Umat Gurkan

“This is really a testimony to the amazing work ongoing by our students, postdocs and scientists at the center. We are pushing the boundaries of what artificial intelligence can do for precision medicine.”

— Anant Madabhushi