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Battelle names top inventor for 2002

He developed a new Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) technique that resulted in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's first million-dollar royalty license. He holds 13 U.S. patents and has numerous foreign patents and patents pending. And, now PNNL's Steve Miller has been named Battelle's Inventor of the Year for 2002.

A staff scientist, Miller holds several patents on OSL, which has greatly improved gamma and beta dosimetry. His OSL research earned an R&D 100 award in 1992.

Following a successful research project with Landauer, Inc., the OSL technology was licensed to Landauer in 1994 for use in measuring occupational exposure to radiation.

In 1996, Miller helped found Sunna Systems Corporation to commercialize OSL for high-dose dosimetry applications. He received an R&D 100 award in 2000 for the Sunna high-dose dosimetry system.

The Inventor of the Year award honors a Battelle staff member who, through outstanding career achievements and creativity, has significantly expanded Battelle's intellectual property portfolio. Accordingly, this individual has enhanced Battelle's ability to commercialize technology to better serve its customers, the marketplace and society.

Miller designed and now manages an OSL laboratory at PNNL. The lab includes state-of-the-art lasers, optical systems and equipment to help build expertise in the fields of ionizing radiation detection, sensitive photon detection techniques and non-ionizing radiation. He currently is developing medical dosimetry products and high- dose dosimetry for food irradiation and medical product sterilization.



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