The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has named one of its professors, Dr. Craig Beeson, the 2015 Inventor of the Year.
The award comes from the MUSC Foundation for Research Development (FRD).
Beeson has created molecular technologies for medical purposes, including everything from eye drops to stem retinal degeneration.
“Dr. Beeson’s phenomenal discoveries promise real-world applications not only in the realm of eye disease and disorders but on several other intriguing fronts as well,” FRD Executive Director Michael Rusnak said.
Beeson is the third recipient of the award.
Beeson and teams of other MUSC researchers with which he has worked have received three U.S. patents, with 22 other applications in progress and prosecution. He is the co-founder of two Charleston-based startup companies with assistance from FRD, MitoHealth and Mitochem Therapuetics, Inc.
Beeson came to MUSC in 2002 after a stint with the University of Washington’s chemistry department.
“MUSC has been very supportive, and the people at FRD have been very supportive,” Beeson said.