National Academy of Inventors Names M2Gen Founder and CEO as Fellow

December 11, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2013) William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., founder and CEO of M2Gen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center, and director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He joins Alan F. List, M.D., president and CEO of Moffitt, who was named a charter fellow in 2012.

Election to NAI fellow status is a professional distinction given to academic inventors who 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.

Dalton is the past president, CEO & center director of Moffitt (2002-12).  He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1985 and has focused his cancer research on the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and new drug discovery. He has more than 200 publications and several patents. Dalton is pioneering the development of personalized cancer care and patient-centered outcomes research through Moffitt’s Total Cancer Care® approach. Total Cancer Care, which harnesses one of the largest cancer tumor biorepositories and data warehouses, enables the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. For his leadership in this area, Dalton was recognized as the 2010 recipient of the Personalized Medicine Coalition’s National Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award.

Dalton served as the president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes in 2012, chairs the Science Policy & Government Affairs Committee of the American Association for Cancer Research and serves on the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum.

Dalton is one of 143 innovators elected to NAI fellow status representing 94 universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.  Together, they hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents. 

Included in the 2013 class are 26 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, 69 members of the National Academies (IOM, NAS, NAE), five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science and nine Nobel Laureates, among other major awards and distinctions.

The NAI Fellows will be inducted by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andy Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on Mar. 7 at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy and a rosette pin. 

Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

The NAI Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of 13 Members including NAI Charter Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies and senior officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The full list of fellows can be viewed here.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY).