Innovator Spotlight

A forum for inventors and other IP stakeholders to discuss their work, the role IP plays for them and to help educate the public on the link between strong IP protection and robust innovation.

Gregory Carven: Inventor, KEYTRUDA®

One Drug That Might Hold the “Key” to Multiple Cancers The 2016 IPO Education Foundation’s Inventor of the Year Award will honor six life-saving cancer immunotherapies at its Annual Foundation Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on 6 December 2016. One

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Yan Wu, Genentech: Inventor, TECENTRIQ®

A Breakthrough Treatment with Broad Implications As the representative inventor on one of the six cancer immunotherapy treatments being honored for the 2016 IPO Education Foundation’s Inventor of the Year Award, Yan Wu of Genentech and her team are helping

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Barbara Fisher: Helping Girls Find Their Way Into STEM

Barbara Fisher, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Lockheed Martin and a member of the IPO Board of Directors, spearheaded the formation of IPO’s Women in IP Committee and has been a longtime advocate for promoting women in STEM, both

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Gary Michelson: How One “Unreasonable” Man Used Patents to Create Change

Ask Gary Michelson why he became a doctor, and he will tell you matter-of-factly, “Because my grandmother told me I would be.” But ask what led him to become an inventor, and his answer becomes more nuanced. Innovative thinking always

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Anil Jha: Leading the World to More Eco-Friendly Water

How Patents Helped a “Water Technology Visionary” to Follow His Dream When Anil Jha arrived in America from Indore, India at age 16, he could hardly have imagined that he would one day become an inventor and transform the water

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Jack Andraka: The Teen Inventor on a Mission to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

How One Inspired Teen is Determined to Improve Cancer Diagnostics Jack Andraka became a national media sensation at the age of 15, when he presented his idea for a better way to detect pancreatic cancer in the early stages. The

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