LSU Professor of Biological Sciences Roger Laine Named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow

BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor of Biological Sciences Roger Laine has been named a Fellow to the National Academy of Inventors. With the 2018 class, Laine is one of 148 NAI Fellows selected this year, and the fifth from LSU. More than 1,000 fellows represent more than 250 research universities and government and non-profit research institutes. The 2018 Fellows are named inventors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 35,000 issued U.S. patents.

Laine is a professor of biochemistry in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry at LSU. His research interests are in “Glycobiology,” the study of the biological function of complex saccharides, including structural characterization using mass spectrometry and other methods. The Minnesota native who started out as a physics major was also chair of the biochemistry department at LSU in 1983-1988.

Laine holds 31 U.S. patents that specialize in enzyme cloning, fungi staining, microbial diagnostics and insect attractants and repellants. His patents span a variety of different research areas. Because of his many patents, Laine has founded many science-based companies, including Citrazone, insect repellants and insecticides, and TumorEnd, whose products can treat cancer patients. A full list of Laine’s patents is available online.

“In patenting there are often other contributors. Although I feel very honored to receive this NAI Fellow designation, there are many other individuals that deserve credit for this recognition. Gregg Henderson (Ret.) from LSU Entomology is a co-author on many patents. Dr. W.C. Jennifer Lo was a key person in the microbial diagnostic patents. Dr. Betty Chou-rong Zhu worked with me for 25 years and co-authored patents. Without the efforts of these people, I would not be receiving this fellowship,” Laine said.

Laine was nominated by his peers for contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, and support and enhancement of innovation. Being elected as an NAI Fellow is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible improvement on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

The 2018 NAI Fellows will be highlighted with a full-page announcement in the Jan. 25, 2019, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education and in upcoming issues of Technology & Innovation.

The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.





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