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Dr. Mousa Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 11, 2018

Shaker A. Mousa, PhD, Chairman and Executive VP of the Pharmaceutical Research Institute at ACPHS, has been named a Fellow by The National Academy of Inventors (NAI); election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

In order to be named an NAI Fellow, one must have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Dr. Mousa holds more than 350 U.S. and international patents, a number of which are related to his pioneering work with the DuPont Pharmaceuticals team that developed Cardiolite and other therapeutics. Cardiolite is still widely used as an imaging agent in stress tests to determine how blood is flowing to and through the heart. 

Dr. Mousa was hired as the founding chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) in 2002. Since that time, the Institute has become one of the region’s top centers for drug discovery and development. PRI’s multi-disciplinary team of scientists boasts expertise in the areas of hematology/oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, and a range of cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases.

A list of PRI’s accomplishments under Dr. Mousa’s leadership includes:

  • Funding from research grants and capital equipment donations totaling more than $25 million
  • Publication of more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Organization of various events and seminars, including an annual conference held on the ACPHS campus that explores recent advances in medicine, biotech, and pharma
  • Engagement of hundreds of students in scientific research including high school, bachelor’s, master’s, Pharm.D., M.D., Ph.D., and post-doctoral students 
  • Creation of the College’s first spinoff company, NanoPharmaceuticals LLC

In recent years, Dr. Mousa and the PRI team have placed an increased emphasis on nanotechnology applications for health and medicine. Nanomedicine is a rapidly developing field of biomedical research that has already demonstrated great potential for improving drug and gene delivery. 

“I am very proud to welcome another class of outstanding NAI Fellows, whose collective achievements have helped shape the future and who each day work to improve our world,” said Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. “Each of these new NAI Fellows embodies the Academy’s mission through their dedication, creativity and inventive spirit. I look forward to working collaboratively with the new NAI Fellows in growing a global culture of innovation.”

“On behalf of the entire College community, I congratulate Dr. Mousa on being elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors,” said ACPHS President Greg Dewey, Ph.D. “This is a well-deserved honor for a person whose work has consistently demonstrated the transformative power of scientific research. Dr. Mousa stands as a role model not only for our students, but for all of those who pursue research motivated by a simple desire to improve the human condition.”

Dr. Mousa and the other members of the 2018 NAI Fellows class will be inducted during a ceremony on April 11, 2019 at the Space Center Houston as part of the National Academy of Inventors' Annual Meeting. 

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida. For more information, please visit

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. The College’s mission is to educate the next generation of leaders to improve the health of our society. In separate reports by The Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institution, ACPHS was named the #1 value-added college in the country. The College has campuses in Albany, NY, and Colchester, VT.