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Dr. Nora Disis Named Inventor of the Year

Dr. Nora Disis Named Inventor of the Year

Nora Disis, MD, has been named the 2024 UW Medicine Inventor of the Year! This award recognizes a UW researcher whose work has the potential to radically improve healthcare, in partnership with industry, through the translation of research from the bench to products or processes that will have major impacts on health. Selection is based on the researchers’ contributions to the bioscience sector and to the UW faculty community, and for contributions to the UW Co-Motion mission to extend the impact of UW research through new partnerships that encourage investment in innovation.

Dr. Disis, ITHS’s founding principal investigator, is being honored for the breadth and quantity of her commercial licensing success spanning a broad range of possible paths to translation from the lab to patients. Her research is in the development of vaccine and cellular therapy for the treatment and prevention of common malignancies, and she holds several patents in the field of cancer immunotherapy and diagnostics.

(photo via UW Medicine/Randy Carnell)

Dr. Disis is the Director of UW Medicine’s Cancer Vaccine Institute, the Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professor for Cancer, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Lab Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and Sigma Xi. She is an American Cancer Society Clinical Professor, Deputy Editor, JAMA, and the Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Oncology.

We at ITHS are proud of our connection with Dr. Disis, and we are delighted to see the great strides in human health she continues to make. Congratulations to Dr. Disis on this well-deserved award!