Lloyd L. Tran
Lloyd L. Tran is a Vietnamese American scientist, with research interests focusing on the application of nanosciences to meet the unmet needs in medicine and renewable energy for the benefits of society and humanity.
His research interests center in the frontier of sciences, ranging from nanomembrane for medical applications, drug discovery for treatment of Alzheimer’s diseases to nancomposites lithium air battery system for using in electric vehicles to reduce air pollution.
In his early career, he was employed as a scientist working on pharmaceutical drug discovery at G.D. Searle, a subsidiary of Monsanto, one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Later he was employed as director of research & development of Biomed Corporation.
He has served as the President of the International Association of Nanotechnology since 2003. He has been appointed as the director of California Institute of Nanotechnology since 2006.
Lloyd Tran serves as the director of Clean Tech Institute and chairman of US Green Vehicle Council.
INVENTOR OF DISPOSABLE NANOMEMBRANE INFUSION PUMP:
Lloyd was the inventor of a new method in therapeutoc drug delivery system, having developed a novel nano-membrane as a disposable intravenous infusion device. This patented technology is known as Membrane Infusion Controlled Release Optimization System (MICROS).
Lloyd Tran was the sole inventor and awarded 5 US patents for the invention of nanomembrane self regulated therapeutic drug delivery systems:
US Patent # 4715850; US Patent # 4822339; US Patent # 4842598; US Patent # 4871352; US Patent # 5019723.
The MICROS is a disposable infusion pump to administer antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs and pain control medications to patients in a hospital and home care settings. The MICROS was approved for marketing in the United States by the US Food and Drug Administration.
In a hospital setting, an electro-mechanical pump is normally used to pump fluid to the patient. This method has potential problems of causing infiltration and air emboli to the patient, in addition to being expensive and requiring frequent maintenance. The disposable MICROS membrane pump can be used to replace an electromechanical pump, enabling drug infusion to be administered accurately, safety and cost-effective.
INVENTOR of a NEW DRUG for TREATMENT of ALZHEIMER'S DISEASES
Lloyd was the sole inventor of a new concept in the treatment of neurological diseases, with his invention "Neuroptotection and neurogenesis by administering cyclo prolyl glycine". Lloyd Tran was awarded a US patent # 7232798 on June 19, 2007.
Lloyd serves as the Chairman of Bioneuromed, LLC, (formerly, Neurobiogen), a corporation with a mission to develop and market a new drug for treatmemt of Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.
Lloyd has a passion for the preservation of life and the environment, with a goal to make the world a better place with energy sustainability and equitability for all.
Lloyd witnessed the mass destruction of the forest and human suffering in Vietnam, as a result the United States military sprayed 20,000,000 US gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants (Agent Orange) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam war from 1962-1971. Overall, more than 20% of South Vietnam's forests were sprayed at least once over a nine-year period.
Agent Orange is a 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, which was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical. The herbicides used to produce Agent Orange were later discovered to be contaminated with 2,3,7,8Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, an extremely toxic dioxin compound, causing chronic b-cell leukemias, Parkinson’s disease, or ischemic heart disease.
Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange.
ADVOCATE FOR NANOSAFETY:
As the president of the International Association of Nanotechnology, Lloyd supports the regulations that require a new nanomaterial to undergo complete due process of toxicological studies, including human health safety, environmental and societal impact before the new chemical is approved for marketing in the USA and around the world.
Read a summary of Lloyd Tran's interview published by Research Innovation on June 2011 about his thought on beneficial applications, human safety, environmental and societal impact of nanotechnology.
DEVELOPER OF ADVANCED BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Besides being a scientist, Lloyd is a car enthusiast. He is interested in electric vehicles as a better means of transportation with zero emission to reduce air pollution.
Lloyd and the research team has developed lithium air battery which has a potential of having 10 times more energy density than lithium ion battery technologies. One challenge is that the cost of lithium air is significant high for a widespread deployment of electric vehicles.
In addition, he and his team are developing a novel Nanocomposite Magnesium Sulfur rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. Because of its greater relative abundance, magnesium is lower in cost as a raw material than lithium. It is easy to handle, machine and dispose magnesium compounds are generally of lower toxicity than lithium compounds.
He also serves as chairman of AmpTran Motor Corporation with the goal to develop and market an advanced electric car that is capable of driving more than 400 miles per single charge.
In addition directing research on some of the projects at the frontier of science, Lloyd is teaching a certificate program in nanotechnology and advanced vehicle technologies to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in this exciting fields.
Over the past 6 years, Lloyd Tran has trained more than 325 certified nanotechnology scientists and technicians.
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER & CHAIRMAN
Lloyd Tran has served as the Program Chair and Keynote Speaker for the following international conferences and events:
International Congress of Nanotechnology 2004
(download the ICNT-2004 program booklet)
(Chairman Lloyd Tran with Congressman Mike Honda at ICNT 2004)
International Congress of Nanotechnology 2005
(download the ICNT-2005 program booklet)
The Third International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering
(June 4-6, 2005- Crowne Plaza Hotel- Rochester, New York)
Gave a speech on "Developing International Standardd in Nanobiotechnology, Ethics and Safety Implications"
International Congress of Nanotechnology 2006
(download the ICNT 2006 program booklet)
International Congress of Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine 2006
(download the NanoBio 2006 program booklet)
International Congress of Nano Bio Clean Tech 2007
(download the ICNT 2007 program booklet)
(Chairman Lloyd Tran and Prof. Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize laureate at the ICNT 2007)
International Congress of Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine 2007
(download the NanoBio 2007 program booklet)
(Lloyd Tran chaired the plenary session with Senator Alex Padilla and Senator Richard Polanco at the NanoBio2007 in San Francisco)
International Congress of Nano Bio Clean Tech 2008
(download the ICNBC 2008 program booklet)
International Congress of Nanobiotechbiology & Nanomedicine 2009
(download the NanoBio 2009 program booklet)
(Chairman Lloyd Tran and the Nobel Laureate Prof. Douglas Osheroff at Nano Bio 2009)
Cleantech Innovation 2011
(Lloyd Tran chaired the Cleantech Innovation 2011)
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