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The MIT Technology Licenses Office welcomes companies to get to know us personally. We find it most effective to work individually with a company to identify specific areas of interest. We then bring inventions, which specifically match the company's interests to the attention of the company. With 500 new invention disclosures coming into our office each year, our portfolio is constantly changing. The technologies highlighted here do not encompass our entire portfolio. We therefore encourage companies to keep in touch on a regular basis and also to contact us when a particular technology need arises.
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16131 – This invention is used in both macro- and micro- scale applications such as precision machinery and MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) devices. Existing Underconstraint Eliminating(UE) flexure bearings presents a range of disadvantages such as asymmetry, static and dynamic performance losses, increased bearing footprint, parasitic kinematic error, and design coupling.... Read More
18120 – This invention addresses the need for a fast, accurate, low cost device platform to rapidly assess the quality of biologic drugs. Biologics are biologically derived drugs for the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Due to the inherent instability of biologics, it is of essential importance to assure biologics’ safety before final administration in... Read More
14947-15811 – Laparoscopic surgery (trocar); Veress needles; venous access needles for catheter placement; epidural or spinal tap needles; lung puncture devices to correct collapsed lungs In medical puncture access procedures, a device is inserted axially through layers of tissue to gain access to blood vessels, ducts, or body cavities. Although common, these procedures risk over-puncture. At... Read More
16302 – The ability to extract predictive features from physiological signals is important because millions of acute coronary events occur each year in the United States alone, resulting in 1 out of 6 deaths in the US. Further, 8–19% of those Americans who had a heart attack will die within 12 months of discharge from the hospital. Unfortunately, existing risk score matrices, such as... Read More
16497 – Portable hydration sensor Hydration imbalance, either dehydration or over-hydration (hyponatremia), affects cognitive and physical abilities, negatively impacting cardiovascular function, compromising thermoregulation, and decreasing exercise performance. Hydration imbalance is a critical, life-threatening problem that affects over 1.2 million people annually and represents over... Read More
15820 – Alignment system for micro and nano imprinting, such as DNA combing and imprinting (DCI) During imprinting of patterns from a stamp onto a substrate surface, conformal contact is necessary to ensure that pattern transfer is successful over the entire stamp. However, such contact is hindered by the initial angular misalignment between the surfaces. In real systems, this... Read More
15119 – This technology has applications in monitoring road traffic conditions using vehicle on-board diagnostics to augment traditional sources of information. Traditional means of determining traffic data and volume typically involved direct observation via various means. More recently, crowd sourcing GPS data has been used to monitor traffic automatically and in real-time. This... Read More
16108 – This invention finds applications in automotive software, dealing with over-the-air updates of control module software and firmware. Vehicles today use increasing amounts of electronic systems, which requires complex software. The complexity of vehicle software often causes software to be released while in beta, or without certain features, thus needing an in-service update later.... Read More
16178 – Current optical fibers deliver/receive light from a flat or slightly modified tip, often with the light emitting/receiving surface area similar or equal to the cross-sectional area of the fiber. These conventional fibers often have limitations in meeting the light distribution needs for various applications and have the risk of tissue overheating and fiber breaking. This... Read More
15685 – Laparoscopic surgery Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedures generally require a surgeon to operate in a highly constrained space within a patient’s body, such as the abdominal cavity, where other organs and tissues may obstruct access to the surgical site. Typically during an abdominal laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon inserts a trocar (a small tube) through a small... Read More