Thompson Coburn was a lead sponsor of the 38th Annual Inventor of the Year Awards, hosted by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. The May 22 ceremony was held at Saint Louis University’s 12th floor pavilion. Intellectual Property partner Jason Schwent, chair-elect of BAMSL's Patent Trademark & Copyright Section, served as master of ceremonies.
Two honors were awarded this year, one in the “Established Company” category and another for a “Start-Up Company.” Larry D. Creasy Jr. of Laird Technologies, Inc., received the Established Company award for EcoGreen™ VO-rated halogen-free EMI shielding gaskets. Dr. Zhi Xu of St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc., won the Start-Up Company award for a portable, inexpensive, and noninvasive blood glucose detector. Thompson Coburn represents Dr. Xu in all patent matters.
Dr. Xu's award was accepted by Tamara M. Wilgers, Director of Technology Commercialization and Economic Development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as he was unable to attend the event.
The Inventor of the Year ceremony also featured remarks from Derek Rapp, the Mergers & Acquisitions and New Growth Platforms Lead at Monsanto, and Jay Schmelter, managing director and co-founder of RiverVest.