B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, will be inducted as a 2019 National Academy of Inventors fellow.
Gupton, the Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering, is co-founder and CEO of the Medicines for All Institute, which works to increase global access to lifesaving medications by reducing manufacturing costs. A former industry veteran, Gupton’s research focuses on improving global health care by making pharmaceutical production more cost effective and environmentally friendly.
The National Academy of Inventors’ selection committee elected Gupton to the rank of fellow because he has “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society,” wrote NAI President Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., in a letter. Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected through a rigorous process.