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Invented Here! - 2013

Highlighting New England’s Innovators

The purpose of the Invented Here! Program is to celebrate New England innovators, their inventions, and the stories behind their innovations.  Through the Program, the Museum of Science, Boston (“Museum”) and the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) is transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology and providing educational opportunities that inform the public of these fascinating innovators and innovations. 


What is Invented Here!?

The Museum and the BPLA collect nominated patents that have issued in the past five years and represent innovations made anywhere in New England.  From the nominated patents, a BPLA Selection Committee submits 12 patents to the Museum.  The Museum then selects the top three patents.  The inventors of the selected patents are honored at an annual Invented Here! event hosted at the Museum.  The technologies are showcased to the public at the Museum throughout the year.


In 2012, a new category was added to recognize inventions claimed in pending published patent applications that have been published in the past three years. 


In 2013, the field for eligible granted patents expanded to consider issued patents tied to a product that received U.S. regulatory approval within the last three years.


Each year, the finalists are recognized as Top Honorees at an event held at the Museum. This year the Invented Here! event will be held on September 19th 2013 at Museum Of Science. Please see here for further details and registration.

Each honoree is given a custom-framed award.  In addition, each invention is to be featured in special Current Science & Technology presentations and other museum programming throughout the year.  Inventors may also have the opportunity to make public presentations at the Museum through special lectures and programs.  The BPLA will also publish results in its quarterly newsletter and on its website.



Criteria for Nomination

For a patented invention category, the invention must:

  1. be claimed in a patent issued within the last five years, OR be claimed in an issued patent tied to a product that received U.S. regulatory approval within the last three years;
  2. have been developed in New England or by an inventor who resides in New England; and
  3. represent a technology that can be described or demonstrated to the general public at the Museum.

For the pending published patent application/Fan Favorite category, the invention must:

  1. be described in a published patent application that published within the last three years;
  2. have been developed in New England or by an inventor who resides in New England; and
  3. represent a technology that can be described or demonstrated to the general public at the Museum.



2013 Invented Here! Featured Honorees





Patent/App No.



Terahertz lasers and amplifiers based on a resonant optical phonon scattering to achieve population inversion


Qing Hu, Alan Lee


Light Positioning System Using Digital Pulse Recognition


Aaron Ganick and Daniel Ryan

ByteLight, Inc.

Low-Maintenance Lawn Seed Mixtures


Jackson Madnick

Pearl’s Premium, Inc.

Monolithic Fabrication of Three-Dimensional Structures

WO 2012/109559
(Patent Pending)

Pratheev Sreetharan, John Whitney, Robert Wood

President and Fellows of Harvard College



2013 Invented Here! Honorees



Patent/App No.



Annuloplasty Rings for Repairing Cardiac Valves


Lishan Aklog,

Michael Reo

Pavilion Holdings Group

Method and Apparatus for Inserting a Rectal Suppository


Jennifer Davagian Ensign

Christcot Medical Company

Methods and Compositions for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders


Mark G. Currie, Shalina Mahajan Miklos, Thea Norman, G. Todd Milne

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Intestinal Sleeve




John C. Meade, Andy Levine, David Melanson, John Cvinar

GI Dynamics, Inc.

Wireless Energy Transfer Across Variable Distances


Marin Solijacic, et. al.


Heterocyclic compounds for the treatment of neurological and psychological disorders


Julius F. Remenar, Laura Cook Blumberg, Tarek A. Zeidan

Alkermes Pharmaceuticals Ireland Lmt.

Video Conferencing


Mark Buckler


Integrated Framework for Vehicle Operator Assistance Based on a Trajectory Prediction and Threat Assessment


Sterling J. Anderson, Steven C. Peters, Karl D. Iagnemma


Fluidic Connectors and Microfluidic Systems




Vincent Linder, Samuel K. Sia, David Steinmiller

OPKO Diagnostics, LLC

Method and Apparatus for a Resonant Converter


David J. Perreault, Juan M. Riva, Anthony D. Sagneri, Olivia Leitermann, Yehui Han, Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski


Soft Robotic Actuators

WO 2012/148472
(Patent Pending)

George Whitesides, Filip Ilievski, Xin Chen, Aaron Mazzeo, Robert Shepherd, Ramses Martinez, Won Jae Choi, Sen Kwok, Stephen Morin, Adam Stokes, Zhihong Nie

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Cell Culture System

WO 2012/118799
(Patent Pending)

Donald E. Ingber, Dongeun Huh, Hyun Jung Kim

President and Fellows of Harvard College and Children’s Medical Center Corporation

For more details on all honorees and finalists, please see here.

2013 BPLA Invented Here! Selection Committee Members

Michael Carbonello, Chair, Houston & Associates, LLP
Reza Sadr, Chair, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
James Acheson,  Hoffman Warnick LLC
Christopher K. Albert, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.
Joshua M. Brandt, Partners Healthcare System, Inc
Elias Domingo, Covidien
Derek Lam, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Rebecca A. Menapace, Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
Andrea Daley Merin, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
Seth Milman, Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP
Matthew Pinckney, Hoffman Warnick LLC
Dipti Ramnarain, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP
Brian E. Reese, Choate, Hall & Stewart
Dave Roccio, Lando & Anastasi, LLC
John W. Rooney, Aquilla Patents & Marks, PLLC
Robert N. Sahr, Choate, Hall & Stewart
Andrew Schultz, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Mary Rose Scozzafava, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
William Shaw, Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
Janet Smart, Proteostasis Therapeutics
Christopher J. Stow, Waters Corporation
Robin Weatherhead, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
Michael M. Yamauchi, Yamauchi & Mason LLC
Andrina Zink, Alkermes, Inc


2013 Museum of Science Invented Here! Selection Committee Members

Rick Burnes, Chair, Charles River Ventures
Jeffrey Beir, seed2A, RoadAhead, Open Exchange
Ted MacLean, Microsoft
Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT and A123
Elizabeth Riley, Babson
Tom Spera, MathWorks
Maria Kussmaul, AGC Partners
Kurt Melden, entrepreneur and consultant
Kara Miller, WGBH


2013 Invented Here! Planning Committee Members

Mark Solomon, Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, PC
Rory Pheiffer, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Aaron Connor, BTS
Liz Callanan,  Museum of Science
Scott Hultman, Museum of Science




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