Category: Awards


2 Johns Hopkins Faculty Members Honored by National Academy…

2 Johns Hopkins Faculty Members Honored by National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected Howard E. Katz and Russell Taylor to its 2017 class of fellows, a prestigious distinction reserved for academic inventors who have benefited people and society.

The two Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering faculty members bring the total number of Johns Hopkins affiliates to receive this recognition to 11. The NAI began distributing these awards in 2012 and currently has 912 NAI Fellows from over 250 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.

Howard Katz

Katz, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and engineering and member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, chaired the Department of Materials Science from 2008 to 2014.

Among many other awards and recognition, Katz has been named an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2010 and was selected a Materials Research Society Fellow in 2008. His research interests include nanomaterials and optoelectronic and magnetic materials.

Russell Taylor

Widely considered the father of medical robotics, Taylor is the John C. Malone Professor in the Department of Computer Science, director of the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics and a member of the Johns Hopkins Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.

In addition to receiving numerous awards and honors, Taylor has authored more than 325 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

The 2017 Class

The work of the 155 NAI Fellows selected as part of the 2017 class has resulted in nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents and discoveries. In total, the six classes of NAI Fellows are responsible for more than 32,000 patents.

“Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society,” according to the NAI. “NAI Fellows have generated more than 9,400 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.3 million jobs, with over $137 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.”
The nine other NAI Fellows from The Johns Hopkins University are:

Solomon H. Snyder, Professor of Neuroscience


James West, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


Jennifer Elisseeff, Director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Professor of Ophthalmology
Justin Hanes, Director of the Center for Nanomedicine, Professor of Ophthalmology


Kenneth Kinzler, Director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Oncology
Se-Jin Lee, The Michael and Ann Hankin and Partners of Brown Advisory Professor in Scientific Innovation, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Bert Vogelstein, Professor of Oncology


Henry Halperin, Co-director of the Johns Hopkins Imaging Institute of Excellence, Professor of Medicine
David Sidransky, Director of Head and Neck Cancer Research, Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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Founders of 2 Hopkins Startups Named to Forbes’ 30…

Founders of 2 Hopkins Startups Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30

For the third consecutive year, Forbes has recognized innovators and entrepreneurs with ties to Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures on its exclusive 30 Under 30 list. Receiving the honor this year were the co-founders of Healthify — Manik Bhat, Eric Conner, Dan Levenson and Alex Villa — and Osmosis co-founder Shiv Gaglani.

The seventh annual edition of the Forbes list showcased 30 honorees for each of 20 categories. This year, Forbes received more than 15,000 nominations for its 600 slots, meaning fewer than 4 percent of nominees were recognized for their achievements.



Over sixty percent of health is determined by social needs like access to food, jobs, childcare and housing. For Healthify’s work to ensure health care organizations address the root cause of many health issues, Forbes named the startup’s four co-founders to its 30 Under 30 for Healthcare.

Manik Bhat, Eric Conner, Dan Levenson and Alex Villa co-founded Healthify as Johns Hopkins undergraduates, and now its technology connects 4 million Medicaid recipients to the social services they need to live a healthy life.

“[Healthify believes] there is more to health than healthcare and we’re fundamentally rethinking how healthcare organizations and communities work together to help people thrive,” according to the company’s website. “We came from a background of working with vulnerable populations in Baltimore and are focused on building next generation technology to move the needle on healthcare outcomes and cost for these populations.”

Now based in New York, Healthify relied on resources provided by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) to progress from its earliest stages. The Healthify team participated in the 2013-2014 Social Innovation Lab cohort and took advantage of resources the university provided to student entrepreneurs. Forbes reports that Healthify has raised $9.6 million to date and that it works with some of the nation’s largest insurers.

Shiv Gaglani


What started as a side project to help classmates has landed Shiv Gaglani on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Education. Through Osmosis, Gaglani is developing a personalized platform available on the web and as an iPhone app to help students who aspire to become health professionals. The platform serves those studying medicine, nursing, dentistry and other health professional fields perform better in the classroom, on board exams and in the clinic.

The inspiration for Osmosis, a member of the 2013-2014 Social Innovation Lab cohort and now a FastForward startup, came in 2011 when Gaglani and co-founder Ryan Haynes were studying to become doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Each saw an opportunity to improve upon the “cram-and-forget” cycles that negatively impact students’ long-term retention. The pair created an online platform to help their classmates study and saw the impact that peer collaboration could have on each student’s performance.

“Medical school is based on the ‘sage on the stage’ model, where knowledge is handed down from professors to students,” Gaglani said in an interview with Johns Hopkins’ Fundamentals. “But in every class, there is a handful of students who are natural teachers themselves, and will probably end up being professors one day. Osmosis lets other students benefit from these natural teachers because it enables knowledge to diffuse (hence ‘Osmosis’) between students, as well as from the professors to the students.”

Other Hopkins honorees

Forbes also honored four other Johns Hopkins alumni: Elizabeth Galbut in the Venture Capital category, Luke Lee and Leah Siberner in the Healthcare category and Liang Wu in the Science category.

Galbut, who graduated with her MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2015, is the managing partner of SoGal Ventures, a firm she co-founded to invest in ventures from the United States and Asia that have diverse teams. Through the New York-based firm, Galbut has invested in at least 50 companies, including FastForward startups, and has had two exits. In 2015, prior to SoGal Ventures, she co-founded A-Level Capital — a student-led venture capital firm that supports Johns Hopkins students and young alumni pursuing entrepreneurship.

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from The Johns Hopkins University in 2011. Siberner received her Johns Hopkins degree in biophysics in 2013. They were part of a team that co-founded 3T Biosciences. The Silicon Valley-based company is using machine learning to predict the chemicals present in cancer cells but not normal ones.

Wu, who earned his master’s in physics and Ph.D. in condensed matter and materials physics, received recognition for his studies related to topological materials, an area of interest for building the next generation of quantum computers. He received an award from the American Physical Society for his research on the electrodynamics of topological insulators.

History of success

Healthify’s co-founders and Gaglani are just the latest to be honored on a Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Last year, Fusiform co-founders Param Shah and Alex Mathews were named to the publication’s 30 Under 30 for Manufacturing and Industry. Shah and Mathews, who co-founded Fusiform as Johns Hopkins undergraduates, received the award for their work to improve the process by which custom orthotics are made.

Since receiving the award, Shah and Mathews have expanded the technology’s scope, improving efficiencies for all manufacturers involved in digital manufacturing. The pivot resulted in a new name for the company, FactoryFour, but orthopaedics will operate under the Fusiform brand. Since co-founding their company, Shah and Mathews have raised close to $1 million.

As undergraduates, Shah and Mathews participated in the 2015-2016 Social Innovation Lab cohort.

In 2016, Forbes named David Narrow to its 30 Under 30 for Pharma and Healthcare for his work as the CEO of Sonavex. The startup has raised more than $4.2 million to develop a technology that improves outcomes for surgical patients. Sonavex uses imaging technology that allows clinicians to find blood clots before they cause problems.

Narrow, who earned his master’s degree in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 2013, grew Sonavex in a FastForward innovation hub before moving the company to its own space in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood.

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