R&D Council Announces 2013 Edison Patent Award Winners Special Awards for Governor James J. Florio, Dr. Morris Tanenbaum, and Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole

Chatham, N.J., September 9, 2013…The Research & Development Council of New Jersey has announced the winners of the 2013 Thomas Edison Patent Awards. More than 30 inventors and 12 New Jersey companies and universities will be recognized at the organization’s 34th Patent Award Ceremony.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, AT&T, Avaya, Colgate-Palmolive, ExxonMobil, Glenbrook Technologies, JP Laboratories, NJIT, Novartis, Rutgers, Siemens, and TE Connectivity SubCom will be acknowledged for innovative patent work spanning twelve R&D categories, including biotechnology, communications technology, consumer, emerging technology, homeland security, industrial processes, information technology, medical devices, medical imaging, multimedia technology, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

“Each year the Council is thrilled to receive extraordinary nominations to compete for the Edison Patent Award,” said Kathleen Scotto, Ph.D., Research & Development Council of New Jersey Chairwoman and Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “This year’s recipients represent the quality and diversity of research and development that have made New Jersey a leader in innovation for more than a century. I congratulate each and every one of them.”

The R&D Council will also honor Gov. James J. Florio, Scientist and Corporate Executive Morris Tanenbaum, Ph.D., and Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole, Ph.D., for their unique contributions to the state’s past and future in research and development.

Governor James J. Florio will receive the Chairman’s Award. Governor Florio was selected for his many contributions to environmental sustainability, including authoring of Superfund legislation to clean up polluted sites throughout the country and helping to create the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a 1.1 million acre region in South Jersey.  As Governor, he signed the Clean Water Enforcement Act and received the Profile in Courage Award from the Kennedy Foundation for his successful efforts to pass strict gun control laws in NJ.  A founding partner of the law firm Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader, Governor Florio currently chairs the firm’s Environmental and Government and Regulatory Affairs groups.

Morris Tanenbaum, Ph.D. will receive the R&D Council’s highest award, the Science & Technology Medal. This medal is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, while successfully bringing innovation from the laboratory to the marketplace. Dr. Tanenbaum is considered one of the founding fathers of the digital age in that he invented the world’s first diffused-base silicon transistor.  Silicon has become the industry’s preferred semiconductor material, leading us into the digital age.  Dr. Tanenbaum’s passion for physical chemistry led him to executive positions in Bell Labs, Western Electric Company and AT&T Communications.

Susan A. Cole, Ph.D., will be honored as Educator of the Year. Dr. Cole was selected for her outstanding leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at Montclair State University, where she has served as president since 1998. Under Dr. Cole’s leadership, Montclair State created several STEM doctorate programs, including a Ph.D. in Environment Management; established the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences; and inaugurated the PSE&G Institute of Sustainability Studies. Dr. Cole also signed the university’s first memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helping secure Montclair State’s reputation as one of America’s top “Green Colleges” as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review.

The 34th Patent Award Ceremony & Reception will take place on November 7, 2013 at the Liberty Science Center. The Liberty Science Center is home to the nation’s largest IMAX Theater, where a short original film will pay tribute to the work of each of the patents and the inventors.

“For 34 years, the Council has recognized the outstanding contributions of New Jersey’s research community and understood the importance of honoring those who are transforming the way the world works,” said Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello. “This year’s ceremony illuminates the full spectrum of innovation in the Garden State, from inventions that support natural disaster relief to technologies that increase handgun safety. On November 7, we will welcome 30 more inventors to our Edison Patent Award alumni, and continue our tradition of celebrating New Jersey’s best and brightest in R&D.”

For more than half a century, the Chatham-based Research & Development Council of New Jersey has been dedicated to cultivating an environment supportive of the advancement of research and development in New Jersey. Established in 1962, the Council was created to serve as a unified voice for the three R&D sectors — industry, academia and government — to work with the State to create an environment R&D could thrive in. The R&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry, including several Fortune 500 companies. More information can be found at the R&D Council’s website: www.rdnj.org.


2013 Edison Patent Award Winning Patents and Inventors

 Alcatel-Lucent Bells Labs and inventors Katherine H. Guo, Markus A. Hofmann, Ethendranath N. Bommaiah, and Sanjoy Paul will receive the patent award in the multimedia technology category for “Method for Streaming Multimedia Information Over Public Networks” (U.S. Patent 6,708, 213 B1), an invention for fundamental concepts and techniques to design content distribution networks (CDNs) and caching systems originally built for text and images to better support streaming media over the Internet.


AT&T and inventors Marian Croak and Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi will receive a patent award in the information technology category for “Method and apparatus for dynamically debiting a donation” (U.S. Patent 7,715,368), an invention that allows donors to make charitable contributions via text message.  This technology enables a network to identify a particular charity, provide the designated funding to the charity, and then have the network service provider bill the original donor on its monthly bill.


Avaya and inventors Sandra Abramson, Stephen M. Milton, Emil F. Stefanacci, David L. Chavez, and Albert D. Pessot will be recognized with a patent award in the telecommunications category for “Disaster Recovery via alternative terminals and partitioned networks” (U.S. Patent 7,983,148 B1), capability of the Avaya Aura® communications core. Using two methods, this invention is designed to keep communication lines open during a natural disaster. First, when network partitioning presents a problem in one part of the network, endpoints (telephones) may be registered to network elements in multiple partitions, so a loss of a single partition does not prevent access to the endpoint. Second, in the case where all partitions that an endpoint registers to are compromised, an alternate device such as a cell phone may take the place of the compromised endpoint.


Colgate-Palmolive and sole inventor Douglas J. Hohlbein have been selected for a patent award in the consumer category for “Oral Care Implement” (U.S. Patent 7,143,462). This invention is the first commercial toothbrush to include a soft tissue cleanser, offering simultaneous cleansing of both soft tissue (tongue and cheeks) and hard tissue (teeth), commercially known by the brand name Colgate® 360°®.  Given the fact that eighty percent of the bacteria in the mouth is not on the teeth, this invention has taken the ordinary toothbrush from being a tooth cleaning device to a whole mouth cleaning device.


ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and inventors James H. Beech, Stuart D. Hellring, Terry E. Helton, Timothy F. Kinn, Sadi Mizrahi, and Norman J. Rouleau have been selected for a patent award in the industrial processes category for “Process for converting C9+ aromatic hydrocarbons to lighter aromatic products by transalkylation in the presence of two zeolite-containing catalysts” (U.S. Patent 5,942,651). This novel catalytic system consists of two zeolite-containing catalysts which are “molecularly engineered” to selectively and distinctively carry out transalkylation reactions along with the destruction of benzene coboilers to produce higher volume mixed xylenes and high-purity benzene, both of which are major petrochemical building blocks for the manufacturing of most widely used polymers such as polyester fibers, packaging resins, polycarbonate and engineered plastics.


Glenbrook Technologies and inventors James C. Tsang, Gil Zweig and Paul Gonzalez, along with production supervisor Daxesh Patel, will receive a patent award in the medical devices category for “Rotating X-Ray Apparatus for Inspection of Deployed Intravascular Devices” (U.S.Patent 7,577,233 B1); a novel 180° rotating x-ray  inspection system that uses a high resolution fluoroscopic X-ray imaging camera in conjunction with a low-dose X-ray source,  for the evaluation of  transcatheter vena cava filters.


JP Laboratories and inventor Gordhan Patel, Ph.D. will receive a patent award in the homeland security category for “Self Indicating Radiation Alert System” (U.S. Patent 7,476,874 B2), an invention for measuring the full medically significant ranges of exposures to high-energy radiation from a radiological dispersion device (dirty bomb) or nuclear weapon detonation with an instantly color developing credit card or post office stamp sized citizens dosimeter.  The dosimeters have no electronic or moving parts and are ready 24/7.


New Jersey Institute of Technology’s “Unauthorized User Prevention Device and Method” (U.S Patent 6,563,940 B2) invented by Michael L. Recce, Ph.D., will receive a patent award in the emerging technology category. This patent describes an embedded electronic device and method to authenticate access in real-time through identification of individual dynamic characteristics of human handgrips for handgun use.


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and inventors Paul W. Manley, Ph.D., Wen-Chung Shieh, Ph.D., Paul Allen Sutton, Ph.D., Piotr H. Karpinski, Ph.D., Raeann Wu, Ph.D.,  Stéphanie Monnier, Ph.D., and Jörg Brozio, Ph.D., will receive a patent award in the pharmaceuticals category for “Salts of 4-methyl-N-[3-(4-methyl-imidazol-1-yl)-5-trifluoromethyl-phenyl]-3-(4-pyridin-3-yl-pyrimidin-2-ylamino)-benzamide” (U.S. Patent 8,163,904 B2), describing the pharmaceutical salt that is the approved form of Tasigna®, a cancer medication created for the treatment of newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the chronic phase, and chronic phase and accelerated phase Ph+ CMLin adult patients resistant, or intolerant, to prior therapy.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s inventor Scott C. Kachlany, Ph.D., will be recognized in the biotechnology category for “Compositions for the Treatment of Cancer, and Methods for Testing and Using the Same”(U.S. Patent 8,053,406 B2), an invention that describes the use of Leukotoxin (LtxA, Leukothera®), a natural bacterial protein for treatment of hematilogic malignancies.


Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology will be recognized in the medical imaging category, along with inventors Shaohua Kevin Zhou, Jinghao Zhou, Bogdan Georgescu, and Dorin Comaniciu for “Method and System for Regression-Based Object Detection in Medical Images” (U.S.Patent 7,949,173 B2). This patent designates an efficient and regression-based method for detecting anatomical objects in a medical image. Statistical learning methods are often designed to effectively depict the intrinsic relationship between image and corresponding anatomies of interest.  This learned method can then be applied to automatically detect an anatomical structure in an unseen image.


TE Connectivity SubCom and inventor Neal S. Bergano will receive a patent award in the communications technology category for “Synchromous Amplitude Modulation for Improved Performance of Optical Transmissions Systems” (U.S. Patent 7,292,793 B2), an invention used in undersea cable systems that improves the performance of long-haul optical telecommunications system by re-modulating a high-speed optical data channel with a synchronous amplitude, phase and/or polarization modulation.