Dr. Leonard Pinchuk - Inventor
Dr. Leonard Pinchuk is a world-renown inventor in the field of biomaterials, medical devices and antimicrobials with over 90 issued U.S patents. His accomplishments include the invention of the Nylon angioplasty balloon, the world’s most widely used angioplasty catheter; the family of polycarbonate urethane biomaterials for implantation applications; improvements to vascular grafts, stents and stent-grafts; the next generation intraocular lens biomaterial; a novel treatment for glaucoma; and the use of the novel biomaterial; “SIBS” for long-term implantation applications. He is also a co-inventor of Boston Scientific’s drug eluting Taxus® stent, which was the largest product launch in medical device history.
Dr. Pinchuk received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from McGill University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in the fields of Engineering, Chemistry and Medicine from the University of Miami in 1984 and an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree from McGill University in 2005. He began his career in 1983 at CordisCorporation; in 1987 he left Cordisto co-found CorvitaCorporation where he pioneered the field of stent-grafts. Corvitawent public in 1995 and was purchased the following year by Pfizer, Inc. After completing his contractual obligations with Pfizer, Dr. Pinchuk founded InnoviaLLC, in Miami, Florida which sprung off three new companies; InnFocusLLC developing novel treatments for glaucoma, InnoleneLLC developing novel materials and designs for intra-ocular lenses and InnoGraftLLC developing vascular grafts.