The Research & Development Council of New Jersey (R&D Council) last Thursday honored the winners of the 2022 Edison Patent Awards, the state’s highest recognition for inventors and innovators. Fourteen winning patents created by 54 inventors were recognized.
Additionally, Princeton chemist and Nobel Prize Winner David W.C. MacMillan, Ph.D. received the night’s highest honor: the Science and Technology Medal. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli received the Chairman’s Award; and New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz received the Educator of the Year Award.
Held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, the 43rd annual event was a night in which “the scientists are the stars, where the dreams of research concepts become reality, and where the state of New Jersey gets to shine a light on its title as the Innovation State,” said R&D Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello.
Before an audience of more than 200 people, mostly research scientists from academic institutions and businesses, Cicatiello added, “Everyone in this room knows what it takes to make a difference in the world. You know about the education that is needed; the failure, perseverance and success; and the blood, sweat and tears. … It is the determination of people in this room that makes a difference.”