Two UC Davis school members, Nancy E. Lane and Justin Siegel, have been named Fellows of the Nationwide Academy of Inventors (NAI), the very best skilled distinction awarded to tutorial inventors. The NAI introduced the 2022 class of fellows right now (Dec. 8). 

Recipients are chosen based mostly on their “demonstrated spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating excellent innovations which have made a tangible influence on the standard of life, financial improvement, and the welfare of society,” in response to the academy. 

“This 12 months’s class of NAI Fellows represents a really excellent caliber of innovators. Every of those people has made important influence via their work and are extremely regarded of their respective fields,” stated NAI President Paul R. Sanberg. 

Contributions to fields of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

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Nancy E. Lane

Nancy E. Lane is a distinguished professor of medication, rheumatology, and getting older analysis on the UC Davis College of Medication. She is an internationally acknowledged scientist who has made main contributions to the fields of musculoskeletal ailments of getting older, together with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. 

Lane found a compound, Llp2a-alendronate, that has the potential to enhance frequent varieties of bone degeneration by directing stem cells to the floor of diseased bones to regrow new tissue. The compound additionally has the potential to extend bone mass and energy in bones with osteoporosis. She holds three patents within the discipline of osteoporosis, which have been licensed to Rabome, Inc.

Lane is the recipient of quite a few prestigious awards for her excellent work on bone and mineral analysis. She has printed over 430 peer-reviewed articles. Lane was elected a Fellow of the American Affiliation for Development of Science and is a member of the Nationwide Academy of Medication and Affiliation of American Physicians.

Engineering enzymes to enhance well being

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Justin Siegel

Justin Siegel is an affiliate professor within the departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Medication, and the Genome Heart. He’s the director of the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Meals and Well being. He’s additionally the Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Graduate College of Administration. 

Siegel is a pacesetter in computational enzyme engineering and discovery, specializing in discovering catalysts that enhance well being and environmental outcomes. 

Siegel holds greater than 100 world patents and co-founded eight startups within the final ten years. These embody PvP Biologics, which developed an enzyme to digest gluten, Peak B, a startup creating naturally-derived blue meals coloring (blue is the rarest meals coloration in nature), Digestiva, a know-how firm permitting folks to eat the meals they love and get the well being advantages they need, and VinZymes, a know-how firm serving to the wine trade adapt to local weather change. 

Siegel is a founding member of six worldwide organizations, together with FoodShot World, a world consortium for awarding and highlighting impactful innovation to assist rework the world’s meals system. 

Thus far, NAI Fellows maintain greater than 58,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed applied sciences and corporations, and created multiple million jobs. As well as, over $3 trillion in income has been generated based mostly on NAI Fellow discoveries. 

The 2022 class of Fellows might be inducted on the twelfth Annual Assembly of the Nationwide Academy of Inventors on June 27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The whole listing of NAI Fellows is on the market right here.


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