Academy News: NIH Joins the NAI

NIH Joins the NAI

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The NAI Welcomes the National Institutes of Health

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is proud to announce that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has joined the Academy as a Member Institution. The NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) plays a strategic role in supporting patenting and licensing, and will serve as the main point of contact. For over a century, research conducted and supported by the NIH has paved the way for important discoveries and medical breakthroughs that improve health and save lives.

NIH traces its roots to 1887 with a one-room laboratory within the Marine Hospital Service (MHS), predecessor agency to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). The MHS had been established in 1798 to provide for the medical care of merchant seamen. In 1930, the laboratory was renamed the National Institute of Health, which was authorized to establish fellowships for research into basic biological and medical problems. By 1998, the NIH had 27 institutes and centers. Today, the NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $39 billion in taxpayer dollars to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. In fiscal year 2017, NIH funding to institutions around the United States generated an estimated $68.8 billion in economic output nationwide. 


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The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.