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Endowed research chair among honors rolling in for BME faculty member

April 4, 2012

Biomedical engineering program faculty member John Kopchick was honored in January with the announcement of an endowed research chair in his name. Now, not quite three months later, comes news that he will be receiving the Ohio Patent Impact Award.

The endowed research chair will be held by a researcher to be recruited into Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2016.

Kopchick, the Goll Ohio Eminent Scholar, is known internationally for his work in the discovery of a compound that became the basis for a drug that treats acromegaly, a disorder that can cause excessive growth of organs and bones and can lead to premature death. Royalties from sales of the drug have brought millions of dollars to the university.

The Ohio Academy of Science and the Ohio State Bar Association give the
Ohio Patent Impact Award annually to inventors with patents that have significantly affected the state of Ohio through positive changes measured by economic successes, social change, health benefits, growth of new industries, jobs, and other factors.

In April 2011, the Britain-based Society for Endocrinology named Kopchick recipient of the Transatlantic Medal, which each year is given to one North American endocrinologist who has made significant contributions to the discipline of endocrinology.



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