Featured Partner of the Month Archives

National Academy of Inventors (NAI)


The NAI 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. Since its founding, the NAI has played a vital role in changing the culture of valuing patents and commercialization within its member institutions across the country. Today, this important initiative continues to gain national attention. Since 2010, the NAI has grown to boast a membership of over 200 institutions in the U.S. and worldwide of all sizes, concentrations and innovative focuses, and NAI also collaborates formally with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). NAI promotes diversity in innovation, recognizing that progress is faster when all inventors participate. The AUTM Women Inventors Committee has been in contact with NAI on this goal.

Two programs of the NAI may be of special interest to AUTM members.

  • The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.1 million jobs. In addition, over $100 billion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries. Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. AUTM members could consider nominating inventors, including those of underrepresented groups.
  • Technology and Innovation, edited and published by the NAI, is a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. Every issue features an article from the USPTO and a profile of a Fellow of the NAI.  Technology and Innovation is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on the gender gap in the invention arena. Statistics show that women are named as inventors on fewer than one in five patents despite gains in the number of women entering STEM fields, and addressing this disparity will be critical to remaining competitive in the global innovation sphere. Submissions are due Sept. 1, 2017; for more information, contact  Kimberly Macuare, at kmacuare@academyofinventors.org.  AUTM members could consider contributing to this special issue.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee sees the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) as a great example of an organization supporting women in STEM inventors and entrepreneurs. AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors, including innovation and entrepreneurship. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential. We’re happy to introduce AUTM members to AWIS and hope that we can all learn from their programs.



Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AWIS is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS. Visit their website at  to learn more.

Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee sees the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) as a great example of an organization supporting women inventors and entrepreneurs. AWE encourages women entrepreneurs in the greater Philadelphia area to form companies, grow companies, and support each other. We’re happy to introduce AUTM members to AWE and hope that we can all learn from their programs.

The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) strives to serve women founders who are actively scaling their businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. Their members have founded successful companies – and they come to AWE to achieve more. Many of their members are classified as high-growth companies, or Gazelles, and they want more women founded businesses to reach this level.

AWE engages these like-minded, like-motivated women in forums of their peers where they can exchange experience, advice and strategy that propels their businesses to the next level. Specifically, AWE offers Founders’ Roundtables where these connections and conversations can happen in person, as well as their GazelleWire for Employer Entrepreneur members only so that growth can continue to happen in virtual space.

They also hold an Emerging Entrepreneur Pitch Program with a concentrated focus on preparing women founders to give an excellent pitch.

With 20 years under our belt, AWE has established a strong network of women to tap into for thought leadership, experience and advice. Visit their website at www.phillyawe.org to learn more!

Women in BIO (WIB)

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee recognizes and supports the work that Women in Bio (WIB) does. We feel that we have some overlapping goals of encouraging women in inventorship and entrepreneurship, and we’re pleased to introduce you to WIB with hopes that their efforts are of use to AUTM members in promoting women in innovation. WIB is especially focused on networking, and research shows that women often lack networks that allow them to participate fully in innovation.

WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. As a volunteer organization, WIB offers leadership opportunities at every career stage, and a chance to expand professional networks in a supportive and professional environment. WIB is a large national organization with over 15,000 members, 13 chapters and currently growing. Each local chapter hosts numerous events throughout the year, that vary from networking events to career development, to professional education, to executive level-focused events. 

In addition to events, WIB hosts a mentorship program which offers women the chance to mentor or be mentored, a Young Women in Bio program, which offers events and encouragement to middle-school aged girls, webinars, and the support. WIB recently announced the opening day of its inaugural Boardroom Ready program for women executives in the Life Sciences, hosted by George Washington University. WIB’s Boardroom Ready certificate program is designed to prepare women executives to serve on corporate boards. A unique aspect of the program is WIB’s commitment to assist graduates of the Boardroom Ready program in securing corporate board seats. WIB has also engaged with the broader Life Sciences community to identify coaches and mentors for the program and gain widespread support for achieving greater diversity in the boardroom. 

Finally, nationally WIB offers regularly scheduled webinars. Below is an overview of the proposed webinars. For more information about the organization, the programs and webinars, visit www.womeninbio.org.
January   JPM Wrap-Up; Bloomberg VC Panel
February   Debra Kurtz Portable Breast Pump; IP, Product Development Process
March   No webinar, Women’s History Month
April   Project Management Webinar
May   Rare Diseases, Christina Waters
June   No Webinar, BIO Convention
July   Executive Leadership Training, WIB Staff
August   Project Management Webinar
September   Aging
October   Increasing Board Effectiveness
November   TBD (Hot trends, state of the industry, etc)
December   No webinar, holiday parties