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Russ Prize recipient to discuss entrepreneurship, innovation, and game-changing medical devices

Colleen Carow | Sep 27, 2019

Russ Prize recipient to discuss entrepreneurship, innovation, and game-changing medical devices

Colleen Carow | Sep 27, 2019

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology will host Leonard Pinchuk, one of five recipients of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, on Tues., Oct. 1 from 5-6 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre as part of the Stocker Lecture Series. The talk will be broadcast via live stream.

Ohio University partnered with the National Academy of Engineering to award Pinchuk and four others with the 2019 Russ Prize in February for innovations in coronary angioplasty, enabling minimally invasive treatment of heart disease.

His lecture, “The Three-Legged Stool of Innovation, and the Tools that Helped Establish Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and Ophthalmology,” will identify the three legs of innovation that needed to come together to transform these three areas of medicine from predominantly diagnostic disciplines to the therapeutic minimally interventional fields practiced today.

An inventor and entrepreneur in biomedical engineering who has cofounded 10 companies, Pinchuk is Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami, Florida. His major accomplishments include the invention of the Nylon 12 angioplasty balloon, helical wire stent, modular stent-graft, a drug-eluting stent, several biomaterials, a novel glaucoma tube, and the next-generation intraocular lens.

He received the Society for Biomaterials Innovation and Technology Award and the BioMed SA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience in 2017; and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2007.

Pinchuk, who has 128 U.S. patents and has authored ninety publications, holds a B.S. in chemistry from McGill University, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in engineering and chemistry from the University of Miami, and an honorary Ph.D. from McGill University.

Two other 2019 recipients, Julio Palmaz and John B. Simpson, lectured on campus in September. The remaining two 2019 recipients will visit during National Engineers Week 2020:

Paul Yock, Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and founding co-chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering and Founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Baker University Center 240/242
Tues., Feb. 18, 2020 from 12-1 p.m.

Richard Schatz, research director of cardiovascular interventions at the Scripps Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center, and director of gene and stem cell therapy

“The History of the Palmaz Schatz Stent: The Story Behind the Story”
Stocker Center 103
Thurs., Feb. 20, 2020 from 5-6 p.m.

The $500,000 biennial Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize recognizes a bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, it was created with a charitable gift to Ohio University from Russ College alumnus Fritz Russ, BSEE ’42, HON ’85, and his wife, Dolores.