UMSL Class of Inventors
UMSL inducts inaugural class of inventors
More than 30 University of Missouri–St. Louis faculty, staff and graduate students were inducted into the new campus chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. The NAI was established in 2010 by the University of South Florida to honor academic invention, recognize and encourage inventors and enhance the visibility of university technology and innovation. The Academy currently has 46 charter member institutions and more than 2,000 individual academic inventor members.
Among the inventor inductees is Zhi Xu, associate professor of chemistry at UMSL, who developed a non-invasive glucose monitor, which has been licensed to St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc., a Missouri startup to commercialize the device. He’s also on a patent for developing a light scattering detector along with David Larsen, professor emeritus of chemistry. Products using this technology are on the market. The duo along with Wayne Garver, a retired lecturer in physics and astronomy at UMSL, all helped invent several technologies related to ultrasensitive spectrophotometry.
Also garnering recognition for their invention are UMSL associate professor Carl Bassi, senior research engineering technician Michael Howe and Wayne Garver, who collaborated to invent the Quantitative Three Dot Test, a handheld device to better measure visual suppression. This technology has been licensed to a Q3D Visual Diagnostics, a Missouri startup company.
“We are excited to launch a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors on the UMSL campus. This offers the university a great opportunity to recognize and encourage innovation among faculty, staff and students. I’m proud of
UMSL’s inventors and appreciate this chance to recognize their innovative work.”
—Tamara Wilgers, Director of Technology, Commercialization, and Economic Development
University of Missouri—St. Louis
For more information on the UMSL Chapter of NAI, click here.