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2019 Innovator of the Year Celebration

Thank you to all who joined our celebration last month at the Rotunda to honor the 2019 Edlich Henderson Innovator of the Year, Dr. Lee Ritterband.

Each year, this event allows us to pause and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of a UVA faculty member whose research is making a significant impact on society.

Dr. Ritterband's career at UVA and successes in commercializing digital therapeutics has changed the lives of countless patients living with a variety of issues, including insomnia, cancer, diabetes, and substance abuse, among others. 

We also took this moment to recognize milestones from the last year that illustrate the University's commitment to innovation. These extraordinary accomplishments drive institutional notoriety, leveraged capital, economic development, sponsored research, and the dissemination of knowledge from Grounds to the world:

In the last fiscal year, UVA earned a record 59 US issued patents. 

2006 Innovator of the Year and UVA Engineering Professor, George Gillies, Ph.D., was elected to the National Academy of Inventors.

TypeZero Technologies, Inc., a company founded by 2011 Innovator of the Year, Boris Kovatchev, Ph.D., was acquired by DexCom, Inc., a publicly traded company and industry leader in continuous glucose monitoring.

PsiKick, Inc., a company founded by 2015 Innovator of the Year, Ben Calhoun, Ph.D., raised an additional $13 MM and today employs 41 people (including 10 UVA grads and 16 employees in Charlottesville, VA).

Jony Kipnis, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the UVA School of Medicine, licensed his groundbreaking work in meningeal lymphatics to PureTech Health. The announcement of the deal coincided with Kipnis' third publication in the prestigious medical journal, Nature Neuroscience.