I hope you all had a wonderful semester. Before we face the triple digit temperatures here in Arizona, I wanted to share some resources, events and congratulations with everyone.

ASU founded a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in 2017 to highlight university-generated technology and innovation, increase intellectual property disclosure, and speed the inventions to market that benefit society as a whole. I’m happy to report that since its inception our ranks have steadily grown. We’ve added 22 new members in 2019 alone, bringing our total members to 66. Our chapter also includes four NAI senior members and nine NAI fellows.

If you’re an inventor with at least one patent from the USPTO and interested in joining our chapter, please contact Adriana Kuiper for more information.

Last month ASU was honored with a $50 million gift from Charlene and J. Orin Edson to support dementia research and advance education and training for nurses and caregivers. The donation is slated to be split evenly between the Biodesign Institute and the newly renamed Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Such a large gift is a testament to the hard work of our faculty. The steady stream of creativity, discovery and innovation from our researchers enables us to attract significant investment and advance our efforts. Thank you for all the work you do.


Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan
Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Chief Research and Innovation Officer