01TEC Edmonton congratulates its board chair and University of Alberta Vice President (Research) Lorne Babiuk on being named a Fellow of the American National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.

Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 80 senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes.

Before taking up his current position as Vice President (Research) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Babiuk was a world leader in Canadian vaccine research at the University of Saskatchewan.

A vaccine he developed laid the foundation for a rotavirus vaccine for children. Before the vaccination, over 500,000 children died each year from rotavirus. His vaccine also saves the cattle industry in North America $300 million a year.

In Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Babiuk founded the internationally recognized Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) research institute. Under his leadership from 1993 to 2007, VIDO grew into an internationally recognized research powerhouse and launched a $140 million bio-containment facility—the only one of its kind in Canada.

As VP Research at the University of Alberta, Dr. Babiuk has championed the commercialization of research at the University of Alberta. He was instrumental in the collaboration of the University and the City of Edmonton in successfully  growing TEC Edmonton as a joint venture to accelerate and incubate innovative companies from both the University and the community at large.

TEC Edmonton was recently named by the UBI Global University Business Incubator Index as the 16th best university incubator in the world, and 4th best in North America.

Dr. Babiuk was also awarded the prestigious Gairdner Award in 2012, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

“Scientific excellence, administrative excellence, a deep commitment to the application of research, and a strong enabler of people,” says TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb. “Dr. Babiuk is a most impressive person.”

The NAI Fellows will be inducted on 15 Apr. 2016, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors.

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