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With an undergraduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Juris Doctorate in law, Roy Mankovitz has pursued diverse career paths as a rocket scientist, lawyer, inventor, entrepreneur and, most recently, researcher and author in the field of nature-based illness prevention.
In the field of rocket science, Mr. Mankovitz designed unmanned spacecraft control systems for lunar and Mars soft landing spacecraft and deep space probes, was a member of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advanced Technical Studies group, and authored several NASA publications in the field.
As an inventor, Mr. Mankovitz is named in more than 60 patents, including many in the field of consumer electronics, as well as in the field of health. His inventions include on-screen television program guides used to search and select television programs, parental control features, and interactive television. Upcoming technology includes radio television innovations designed to making radio and television an interactive experience.
In the field of law, Mr. Mankovitz has had a rewarding career as an intellectual property attorney specializing in patent, trademark copyright and licensing matters. He implemented very successful programs to protect and monetize the intellectual property rights of companies and individuals, spawning an entire industry devoted to doing just that.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Mankovitz has been the founder, co-founder, officer, and director of a diverse group of successful companies, some which are now publicly traded. He is on the advisory board of many organizations and nonprofits in the field of health, and has been the benefactor and moving force behind university research in the area of illness prevention.
In the field of health, Mr. Mankovitz is the founder and director of Montecito Wellness, devoted to research in the area of human wellness using nature as the template. He has published several books in the field, including The Wellness Project, The Original Diet - The Omnivore's Solution, and Nature's Detox Plan - A Program for Physical and Emotional Detoxification. His inventions in the field include a non-toxic plant-based sunscreen (Berrynol), and he has funded successful research at UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Cellular Biology in support of his theory that plant cyanins provide protection against skin cancer.
At present, Mr. Mankovitz is co-authoring additional books in the field of health, including a novel, and has co-founded a technology company whose mission is to revolutionize the future of television.