R&D Council Honors 2016 Edison Patent Award Winners and Special Individual Honorees

On November 3, before 200 guests, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey (“Council”) honored the 12 winners of the 2016 Edison Patent Awards at the 37th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception held at Liberty Science Center.

AdvanSix (Honeywell), ExxonMobil, Immunomedics, Lockheed Martin, Merck, NJIT, Nokia Bell Labs, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Rutgers University (recipient of two awards, one co-owned with Matinas BioPharma), Siemens and TE Connectivity were awarded for innovative patent work spanning 11 R&D categories, including: agriculture, biotechnology, defense, drug delivery technology, enabling technology, energy, industrial process, industrial product, medical device, medical technology and telecommunications.

Council President Anthony Cicatiello kicked off the evening saying, “…just as Thomas Edison helped answer the biggest questions of his time, so too are you helping us answer the biggest questions of our time.”

“So here we are, 145 years after Edison opened his Newark shops, and we are Edison Strong”, Council Chairman and Janssen Vice President of Real World Evidence Dr. Troy C. Sarich added to the ceremony.  “New Jersey, its research organizations, and some of the best and brightest inventors continue to research, to discover, to develop, and at times to fail, but also to succeed—just like Edison did.”

In addition to the Edison Patent Award winners, the R&D Council also honored Nokia Bell Labs’ President and Nokia Corporate Chief Technology Officer Dr. Marcus Weldon, former New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Caren Franzini and Stevens Institute of Technology President Dr. Nariman Farvardin for their unique contributions to research and development, business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

NJBIZ article covering the event, “Research and Development Council of N.J. hosts 37th Edison Patent Awards.”

A full list of the 2016 Edison Patent Award winning patents can be found here.  You can view each of the 2016 Edison Patent Award winner tribute films by visiting the 37th Edison Patent Awards (2016) playlist on YouTube here.

The Edison Patent Awards at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. 11/3/16 Photo by John O’Boyle

Council Chairman and Janssen Vice President of Real World Evidence Dr. Troy C. Sarich co-hosted the Edison Patent Awards at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. 11/3/16 Photo by John O’Boyle