Chris D. Geddes, a chemistry professor and director of UMBC’s Institute of Fluorescence, has been named a 2010 “Innovator of the Year” by the Maryland Daily Record newspaper.
Geddes, who received the same honor in 2008, holds more than 60 international patents for his work on fluorescence. In addition to his faculty position, Geddes serves as chief scientific officer for Plasmonix, Inc., a new company that has licensed 22 IoF discoveries and now offers products used in life science research and manufacturing.
Plasmonix aims to introduce products based on Geddes’ research to be used for biohazard and pathogen detection, as well as devices for medical diagnostics and new platforms for digital fluorescence readout. The company is also exploring commercial possibilities tied to IoF research on energy-efficient plastic materials that reemit energy stored from ambient light.
An announcement about 2010 “Innovator of the Year” recipients can be found at http://mddailyrecord.com/innovator-of-the-year/.