7 things to know about the new members in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame


Seven pioneers in manufacturing, medicine and technology are the newest members of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

While the best-known name among the group is the late Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), other members of the 2015 class of inductees have focused their careers on finding therapies to treat cancer, stroke and AIDS; restoring movement to paralyzed individuals; and developing better ways to produce plastics and pharmaceuticals and to kill termites.

Combined, they have more than 430 U.S. patents, said Randy Berridge, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and chair of the selection committee for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, established in 2013 and housed at the USF Research Park in Tampa. Berridge and Valencia Martin Wallace, deputy commissioner for patent quality from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, inducted the new members Friday night.