UB professor to receive innovation award from Obama

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Excerpt from the Buffalo News:

President Obama on Thursday announced that he will present the nation’s top innovation award to a professor at the University at Buffalo who, while working at Greatbatch Inc., invented the tiny batteries that power pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

Esther S. Takeuchi, a professor in UB’s chemical and biological engineering department and in its electrical engineering department, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony Oct. 7.

Three other inventors and one company also won the award, and nine others won National Medals of Science. All are renowned in their fields, and some — like J. Craig Venter, founder of the Institute for Genomic Research, and Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project — are widely known nationwide.

“These scientists, engineers and inventors are national icons, embodying the very best of American ingenuity and inspiring a new generation of thinkers and innovators,” Obama said in announcing the list of award winners.

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