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VTPB Team Earns University Patent Award

Posted May 18, 2017


Texas A&M Technology Commercialization executive director Brett Cornwell and vice president for research Glen Laine (flanking recipients) present a Patent Award to Drs. Allison Ficht, Thomas Ficht, and Garry Adams during the 2017 Patent and Innovation Awards Luncheon on May 4.

Three professors in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) were among the 64 faculty members recognized by Texas A&M Technology Commercialization on May 4 with a Texas A&M Patent Award.

Dr. Garry Adams, senior professor of veterinary pathobiology, and Drs. Allison Ficht and Thomas Ficht, both of whom are professors in VTPB, were honored for their patent on “Controlled Release Vaccines and Methods for Treating Brucella Diseases and Disorders.” The patent represents a decade of research for Thomas Ficht and Allison Ficht, who are the primary inventors of the vaccine, according to Adams.

The faculty members and other researchers from Texas A&M or Texas A&M System’s research agencies were presented with 45 Patent Awards during the 2017 Patent and Innovation Awards Luncheon at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M.

The luncheon recognized 88 faculty members and other researchers from across the A&M System who secured U.S. patents or plant variety protection certificates for their innovations during the 2016 calendar year.

“Texas A&M faculty strive for excellence as comprehensive scholars, including excellent teaching, research, discovery and impact,” said Texas A&M Provost and Executive Vice President Karan L Watson. “These awards acknowledge their success in applying new knowledge to the issues of our day, through partnership with industry, commercialization of new ideas and transfer of knowledge to the people of our state, nation and world.”



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