3 MSU faculty named Senior Members of the 2024 National Academy of Inventors

March 1, 2024


Portrait photo of Andre Bachmann .

Michigan State University researchers Evangelyn Alocilja, André Bachmann, and Richard Lunt have been named Senior Members by the National Academy of Inventors.

This year’s class of NAI Senior Members is the largest to date and hails from 60 NAI member institutions across the nation. Collectively, they are named inventors on over 1,000 U.S. patents with 344 of those being licensed technologies and commercialized products. The 2024 class also showcases the shared commitment to celebrate the diversity of the academic ecosystem, with 50% of this year’s Senior Members being outstanding female and/or underrepresented academic inventors. 

André Bachmann, a professor and associate chair for research in the College of Human Medicine, has found that holding a patent is often the first step in the process of having the idea commercialized and made available. Bachmann’s research has been concentrated on drug development in oncology and rare diseases. 

“I am proud to say that three of my patents have already been commercialized,” said Bachmann. “This produces royalties and is a testament of the quality of our inventions.” 

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors. MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., is a lifetime fellow of the NAI.  

“This year’s class of Senior Members is truly a testament to the outstanding innovation happening at NAI Member Institutions and what happens when the academic space encourages and celebrates invention and commercialization,” said Paul Sanberg, president of NAI. “We are proud to welcome these outstanding academic inventors to the academy and look forward to supporting and celebrating them as they continue in their innovation journeys.” 

The 2024 class of Senior Members will be celebrated at NAI’s annual conference taking place June 16 to 18, in Raleigh, North Carolina. More event and registration information is available on the NAI conference webpage.  

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