Donald J. Buchsbaum, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center senior scientist, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is one of 175 leaders of academic invention chosen for the 2016 class of fellows.
Buchsbaum is an internationally recognized leader in the field of monoclonal antibodies and their use for cancer therapy alone, or in combination with chemotherapy or radiation. He holds 18 United States and 143 foreign patents and patent applications licensed to two companies. He has published 750 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts.
Buchsbaum joins five other members of the UAB faculty in the NAI. Richard Marchase, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Economic Development, was selected in 2012 along with Dean L. Sicking, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering. Lawrence J. DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D., professor of optometry, and David E. Briles, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, were selected in 2013, and Sergey B. Mirov, Ph.D., university professor of physics, was in the class of 2014.
The NAI now has 757 fellows, representing 229 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. The 2016 fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI fellows to more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.
Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. NAI fellows have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.1 million jobs, with over $100 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.
On April 6, 2017, the 2016 NAI fellows will be inducted as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew H. Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.