Brinker, Willman share Innovation Fellow Award from STC.UNM

April 16, 2015


C. Jeffrey Brinker, Distinguished and Regents' Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the UNM School of Engineering and Co-Director, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, and Cheryl Willman, professor in the Department of Pathology at the UNM School of Medicine and Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center are the 2015 Innovation Fellows.

“Dr. Brinker is an outstanding scientist and inventor who is internationally known for his innovative technologies in advanced materials and who has pioneered the field of sol-gel processing. His nanoparticle technologies, engineering marvels, have a broad range of applications, but none more compelling than in the field of medicine," STC.UNM CEO Lisa Kuuttila said.

“His protocell technology, a specifically designed nanoparticle that carries cancer drugs to targeted cancer cells, represents the next generation of cancer treatment. As a distinguished professor and a fellow at Sandia National Labs, Dr. Brinker is the kind of inventor who achieves at the very highest levels of research and creativity. The STC Board of Directors is honored to recognize him as a 2015 Innovation Fellow,” she added.

Dean of the UNM School of Engineering Joseph Cecchi notes, “Dr. Brinker's research and commercialization activities are shining examples of what the School of Engineering strives for—to engage in cutting-edge research that leads to high-impact commercialization. Jeff's work increases the visibility of the School in research and commercialization.

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