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Thom Haubert Named Battelle's Inventor of the Year

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C—, 30 April, 2012 - Thom Haubert, a medical device engineer in Battelle’s Health and Life Science Global Business, is the latest in a long line of distinguished scientists to be named Battelle’s Inventor of the Year. He received the award at the annual Achievement Awards at the Columbus Museum of Art on April 27.

Haubert joined Battelle in 1988 and has contributed to and led numerous important research projects, including his latest project to help detect and track cancer. He manages a group of mechanical engineers, designers and technicians who work to develop medical devices.

“Thom personifies Battelle’s expertise in bringing innovative ideas to the market, and he is one of our most valuable thinkers,” said Barbara Kunz, president of Battelle’s Health and Life Sciences Global Business. “He is able to identify creative, inventive and practical solutions to difficult challenges. His work has created an immeasurable impact on human health, and this award is an attempt to recognize those contributions and his career achievements.”

A mechanical engineer by training, Haubert has 20 patents, 42 patent applications pending and was named a Battelle Distinguished Inventor in 2010. He also was named Volunteer of the Year at Battelle in 2009 for his work with the OneLab Initiative to develop a manual pearl millet thresher that increases harvest yields to combat world hunger.

Five of his patents are for an early screening detection system for cancer where using a simple blood test, as few as one cancer cell can be detected among billions of healthy cells in the bloodstream. This simple blood test can also be used for tracking during remission to ensure no cancerous cells have returned. Haubert also helped invent a stabilizer arm for beating heart bypass surgery that helps control the motion of a beating heart, so surgeons can perform bypass without stopping the heart.

Other inventions that Haubert has worked on at Battelle include the National Library Service’s Digital Talking Book and The ThinPrep® Pap Test, an automated diagnostic tool the screens slides for cervical cancer cells.

Battelle Inventors of the Year

2012 - Thom Haubert
2011 - Herman P. Benecke
2010 - Chad Bouton
2009 - John Laudo
2008 - Pingsha Dong
2007 - Jay R. Sayre
2006 - James Dvorsky
2005 - Bruce Monzyk
2004 - Bhima Vijayendran
2003 - No award presented
2002 - Steven D. Miller
2001 - No award presented
2000 - Richard D. Smith
1999 - Herman P. Benecke
1998 - Paul G. Andrus
1997 - Vincent D. McGinniss

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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