J. Michael Ramsey
Minnie N. Goldby Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Qualities of an innovative thinker? Curiosity – how can we solve this problem for which there is not an existing solution or how do we better solve a problem for which there is already a solution?
Making the most out of your invention… Perseverance – pushing through invention and demonstration of a new concept and then translating the technology into a commercial product. Achieving the translational part of this trajectory typically requires patenting of the fundamental concepts of your invention. Translation can be achieved through various paths such as licensing of patents to an existing company or founding and financing a company focused on development of your invention.
Picking a problem… I like to think about solving problems that will lead to societal impacts and to which I can apply my team’s existing skillsets.