Professor Joe DeSimone has been selected to receive the 2014 Industrial Research Institute (IRI)sm_desimone Medal. According to the IRI, he was selected in recognition of his efforts to commercialize scientific innovations in areas ranging from plastics manufacturing to nanomedicine that have demonstrated economic, environmental, and societal impacts.

"A prolific inventor and innovator, Dr. DeSimone's work sets a high standard for scientific excellence," said IRI President Ed Bernstein, "We are proud to honor him for his many achievements and ongoing contributions to industry."

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI is "the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation."

The IRI Medal, established in 1946, recognizes the contributions of individual innovators to the advancement of science, industry and society.