Dr. Eric Leuthardt is one of Intellectual Ventures’ senior inventors, a cross-disciplinary group of some of the world’s top scientific minds. In his day job (he has several), he’s a neurosurgeon who specializes in brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics – studying how the brain encodes information and developing devices that are controlled by thoughts. MIT’s Technology Review named him one of its top 35 innovators under 35 in 2004, and he’s currently an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine, and Director of Washington University’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology.
Over the past seven years, Dr. Leuthardt has been an integral part of Intellectual Ventures’ invention sessions, personally recruiting physicians from different specialties to help the company invent in the biomedical field. He’s a prolific inventor named on around 80 issued patents and another 720 or more patent applications owned by Intellectual Ventures. Some of the inventions Dr. Leuthardt has worked on for Intellectual Ventures include minimally-invasive surgery techniques, implants that avoid affecting the immune system and microscopic robots that travel in blood vessels to break up blood clots or treat tumors. Read our newest Inventor Spotlight to learn more about Dr. Leuthardt and his work with IV!