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R&D Council honors Tilghman and Bassler

The Research and Development Council of New Jersey has given awards to President Shirley M. Tilghman and molecular biology professor Bonnie Bassler .

Tilghman received the council's Educator of the Year Award, and Bassler received the 2003 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award at the council's annual dinner Nov. 6.

The council honored Tilghman for "furthering the advancement of research and development through education" and her work as co-chair of Prosperity New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Jobs Growth and Economic Development.

The council gave its award to Bassler in the category of medical/technology transfer for a patent titled "Compounds and Methods for Regulating Bacterial Growth and Pathogenesis." Bassler's work on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use to communicate among one another could lead to approaches for developing antibiotic drugs. The council judged patents based on the importance of the problem they address, the novelty of the research, the utility or potential social impact of the invention and the prospects for commercialization.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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