SWHR Founder Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

By December 17, 2015News

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) founder, Florence P. Haseltine, PhD, MD, has been named a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow. Haseltine, who founded SWHR in 1990, was elected to the NAI for her patents of secure Internet communication as well as designs for wheelchair containers.

NAI named 168 leaders of invention and innovation to Fellow status on December 15, bringing the total number of NAI Fellows to 582, representing over 190 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. The organization’s mission is to honor academic invention; recognize and encourage inventors; enhance the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

According to NAI, Fellows demonstrate a 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. All Fellows have made outstanding contributions to innovation in areas including patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

“To be recognized by the National Academy of Inventors is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Haseltine. “I’m deeply grateful to have been nominated and thrilled to join some of the most innovative thinkers of our time on the list of NAI Fellows.”

Haseltine is a National Institutes of Health Emerita Scientist, a molecular biologist and an Obstetrician Gynecologist.  A member of the National Academy of Medicine and an AAAS fellow, she has been recognized for her work in medical advocacy, notably as founder of SWHR in 1990. As a pioneer in women’s health research, she was the founding editor of the Journal of Women’s Health. Her scholarly publications are in the area of sex differentiation, and she also wrote “Woman Doctor,” a best-selling novel about her medical training published in 1977. Her patents include protective wheelchair containers and secure Internet commerce. In 1995, she founded Haseltine Systems, which manufactures and sells these containers.  Since achieving Emerita status, Haseltine works with scientific organizations developing databases and digital applications to disseminate their important work.

Haseltine and the other NAI Fellows will be inducted on April 15, 2016, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


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