Sri Lankan professor Gomika Udugamasooriya has been named to the National Academy of Inventors in the United States.
He is among 95 academic inventors from institutions around the US chosen as rising leaders in their fields with “success in patents, licensing and commercialization” and for producing “technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.”
Udugamasooriya is the associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Houston.
He has developed a novel drug discovery technology, and identified patented peptoid drug-lead compounds that have both therapeutic and diagnostic applications in cancer, COVID-19, rheumatoid arthritis, sepsis and macular degeneration.
The University of Houston now has 35 faculty members in the National Academy of Inventors.