Chris Parish becomes Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

13 December 2017

Internationally recognised ANU medical researcher Professor Christopher Parish is to be inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Professor Parish, who leads The Parish Group - Cancer and Vascular Biology at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU said he was honoured to receive the award.

"This award is unique. Often awards recognise one discovery, but this award recognises all of your discoveries," Professor Parish said.

"Usually, the award is dominated by North American inventors, so it is particularly gratifying to be acknowledged."

The award acknowledges his body of work in developing medical treatments, from patents for cancer inhibiting drugs to his more recent work in both vaccines and developing immunological techniques to treat cancer.

The selection committee said Professor Parish "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 the welfare of society."

The National Academy of Inventors spans more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognise and encourage inventors with patents issued from the US Patent and Trademark Office and enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation.

Professor Parish will travel to Washington DC to be formally inducted into the Academy in April 2018.