Discovery and Innovation will take Center Stage at Distinguished Speakers Series

  • 4 November 2014

Khalifa University, in collaboration with the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will host world-renowned scientist and biotech innovator Dr. Leroy Hood at ECSSR on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:15 pm. Dr. Hood, who was elected to the Inventors Hall of Fame for creating the automated DNA sequencer, will discuss successful strategies to transfer knowledge into the market.

Dr. Hood will talk about how every scientist has an obligation to transfer their useful knowledge to society, and that by using a “Big Science” approach, which is a cross-disciplinary, systems-driven, innovative, integrative and milestone-driven approach, many problems facing contemporary biological science can be resolved.

In addition to his place in the Inventors Hall of Fame, Dr. Hood is a recipient of the National Medal of Science (USA); the IEEE Medal for pioneering innovations in technology; the 2006 Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment; the 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award; the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation and Invention; the 2002 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, and the 1987 Lasker Prize for his studies on the mechanism of immune diversity. He has also published more than 750 peer-reviewed papers, received 36 patents and has played a role in the founding of 15 biotechnology companies.