MARVIN SLEPIAN, M.D., of the University of Arizona colleges of Medicine and Engineering has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He will be inducted on April 15 during the academy’s annual conference at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. Slepian is a professor of medicine and professor and associate department head of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. He is also a McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management. Slepian is a named inventor on 52 issued patents and applications and is a co-founder of SynCardia Systems, which makes the only FDA-approved total artificial heart. His lab has taken many medical concepts to market. Recently, in collaboration with Tech Launch Arizona, he started the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and president of the International Society for Mechanical Circulatory Support.