Innovator of the Year

Mark Crovella – 2014

Mark Crovella

Mark Crovella

Boston University Computer Science Professor Mark Crovella won Boston University’s 2014 Innovator of the Year award. The annual award recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

Professor Crovella is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where he has been since 1994. He also currently serves as Chief Scientist of Guavus, Inc., a venture-backed company he co-founded with his graduate student. Professor Crovella was also a co-founder of Commonwealth Networks, now part of Network Appliance.

BU Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of Boston University Gloria Waters presented Crovella with this year’s Innovator of the Year award at “Tech, Drugs and Rock & Roll” — BU’s annual networking event for individuals involved in University Technology Transfer in the Boston area.

“Professor Crovella is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to two start-up companies,” said Waters.  “His accomplishments in the past year include ten peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $30.0 million invested in BU-spinoff Guavus.”

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Ted Moustakas – 2013

Ted Moustakas

Ted Moustakas

Boston University School of Engineering Professor Theodore (Ted) Moustakas has won the university’s 2013 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

Considered the co-inventor of the blue LED, Ted Moustakas’ lab is focused on innovative semiconductors for photonics and other applications. With this technology, Moustakas’ inventions have been widely deployed in LEDs and Moustakas has founded one venture-backed company, RayVio Corp.

BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison presented this year’s Innovator of the Year award at Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll — BU’s annual networking event for individuals involved in University Technology Transfer in the Boston area.

“Professor Moustakas is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to a number of companies, including major manufacturers of blue LEDs and lasers (Cree and Philips-LumiLeds in United States and Nichia in Japan),” said Morrison.  “His accomplishments in the past year include nine peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $4.0 million invested in BU spinoff RayVio.”

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James Collins – 2012

James Collins

James Collins

Boston University School of Engineering Prof. James Collins, co-director of the BU Center for Biodynamics and considered the father of synthetic biology, today was awarded the university’s 2012 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison presented this year’s Innovator of the Year award at “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll” event — BU’s annual networking party for Boston area inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, tech-industry professionals and academic scientists involved in technology transfer.

“Professor Collins is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Sample6 Technologies, a start-up company intent on using engineered bacteriaphage for detecting harmful bacteria in the food and healthcare industry,” said Morrison. “His accomplishments in the past year include 10 peer-reviewed papers published, four invention disclosures, five patent filings, $2.3 million in research funding and $5.6 million invested in Sample6.”

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Avrum Spira – 2011

Avrum Spira

Avrum Spira

Dr. Avrum Spira is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the Boston University School of Medicine.

“Professor Spira is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Allegro Diagnostics, a startup company intent on producing beneficial molecular diagnostics for detecting lung cancer,” said Morrison. “His accomplishments in the past year include 14 peer-reviewed papers published, one invention disclosure, two patent filings, over $3.5 million in NIH funding and $8.9 million invested in Allegro Diagnostics.” -Jean Morrison, Provost of Boston University

Avrum Spira serves as Director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Pulmonary Center. He is an attending physician at the Medical Intensive Care Unit and with the Pulmonary/Critical Care Interventional service at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Spira’s laboratory research interests focus on applying high-throughput genomic and bioinformatic tools to the translational study of lung cancer and emphysema. He is funded as a Principal Investigator through the NIH and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Spira received his medical degree from McGill University and did his internship and residency at the University of Toronto. He did his fellowship with Boston University. Dr. Spira received a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from the College of Engineering at Boston University. (Source)

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Mark Grinstaff – 2010

Mark Grinstaff

Mark Grinstaff

Mark W. Grinstaff is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at Boston University and a College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow.

“Professor Grinstaff is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of three companies producing beneficial products,” said BU President Robert Brown, who presented the award. “His accomplishments in the past year include 15 peer-reviewed papers published, two invention disclosures, a patent filing, and more than $1 million invested in Flex Biomedical.” -Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University

Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under the mentorship of Professor Kenneth S. Suslick and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology with Professor Harry B. Gray. Mark’s awards include the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, NSF Career Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and given more than 200 oral presentations. His students and fellows have presented more than 80 talks and 225 posters. He is co-founder of three companies that are commercializing his ideas and has four medical products being used in the clinic. His current research activities include new macromolecule and amphiphile syntheses, self-assembly chemistry, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. (Source)

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