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December 11, 2013

Professors named Fellows of academy of inventors

NORMAN — Two University of Oklahoma professors, Paul L. DeAngelis and Jeffrey Harwell, have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, a high professional distinction awarded 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 the welfare of society.

DeAngelis, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the OU Health Sciences Center College of Medicine, is the co-founder of four spin-out companies and has 92 patents in 20 countries.

In 2000, Hyalose was formed to commercialize recombinant technologies. Two sister companies, Choncept and Heparinex, are based on DeAngelis’ inventions to offer related recombinant technologies for biopolymers, which are important to health care, cosmetics and biomedical research.

Harwell, who is the Asahi Glass chair and former associate dean of the OU College of Engineering, has 30 patents in 12 countries and has launched and collaborated with start-up companies in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, ground water remediation and carbon nanotubes. These companies, based wholly or partially on his inventions, employ more than 30 people in Oklahoma.

Harwell’s creative pursuit of inventive concepts, determination to reduce them to novel practices and his ability to apply them in the world have yielded impact on society through the creation of jobs, a cleaner environment and a generation of students prepared to emulate his leadership.

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