Achievements of HBOI Researchers Recognized
By FAU Division Of Research
Fort Pierce, Fla.– July 9, 2014 – Division of Research leaders and staff traveled to Fort Pierce Wednesday to recognize the 2013 accomplishments of researchers at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. John W. Newcomer, M.D., Interim Vice President for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, highlighted the work of the distinguished scientists who had secured more than $250,000 in external funding during the last calendar year. They included Drs. Shirley Pomponi, Dennis Hanisak, Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Amy Wright and Megan Davis.
Newcomer also praised the work of many of the other investigators at HBOI conducting important research and the entire staff that supports them.
“As of yesterday, HBOI researchers have nearly $6.9 million in active grants,” Newcomer said. “In each of three fiscal years prior to the one that just ended, HBOI researchers as a unit have brought in the most grant funding at the university.” HBOI is expected to finish at the top for the most recent fiscal year as well.
Newcomer and Jeffrey M. Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Technology Development, presented plaques to investigators whose work led to recent patents – Davis, Wright and her collaborator, Esther Guzmán, Ph.D.
On April 26, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the technology Davis and co-inventor, Dr. Hector Acosta-Salmon, developed that has been licensed to a startup company called Rose Pearl. The company is actively harvesting pearls in preparation for future sales. A few weeks earlier, on April 8, the patent office issued a patent for Wright’s and Guzmán’s most recent discovery, which has shown the potential to reduce the growth of pancreatic cancer.
The recognition reception at HBOI followed an April Boca Raton event that acknowledged the work of all principal investigators across the university.