The National Academy of Inventors has announced its inaugural class of 98 Charter Fellows. The inventors represent 54 research universities and nonprofit research organizations. All told the 98 inventors hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents. Eight of the charter fellows have won the Nobel Prize. The Charter Fellows will be formally inducted at the annual conference of the National Academy of Inventors in Tampa, Florida, in February.
Among the inaugural class of charter fellows is Ernest B. Izevbigie, professor of biology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Dr. Izevbigie is the holder of two U.S. patents, including one for a formula he created from a Nigerian herbal shrub that is used as a dietary supplement to boost the immune system and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer patients.
Dr. Izevbigie is a graduate of Tennessee State University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.