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Meade Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Fellows nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation

Thomas J. Meade, PhD, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He will be inducted April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston as part of the 2017 NAI annual conference.

A member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Meade’s research has led to the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins and the development of bioactivated magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agents for in vivo imaging of cancer. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded 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.

Meade is the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Cancer Research in the Weinberg College of Arts and SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the McCormick School of Engineering. He has appointments in five Northwestern departments: chemistry, molecular biosciences, neurobiology, biomedical engineering and radiology. Meade also is director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI).

Meade’s research focuses on bioinorganic coordination chemistry and its application, including biological molecular imaging, electron transfer processes and the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins. He has founded four biotech companies — Clinical Micro Sensors, Metaprobe, PreDx and Ohmx — that are developing handheld devices for protein and DNA detection and bioactivated magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agents for in vivo imaging of cancer.

The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.?