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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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18111 – This invention is an effective pharmacotherapy treatment of sleep apnea. It may also be used for the treatment of any disorder in which the patient benefits from hypoglossal motoneuron excitation including cataplexy, ADHD, ADD, and depression. Current treatments for the common disease obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) include mechanical, surgical, behavioral or electrical... Read More
15637 – This polymer composite actuator is useful for ambient energy harvest and conversion. Additionally, the responsive polymer material may be used to fabricate polymeric actuators and ambient energy scavengers for electronic, mechanical and biomedical applications. This material might, for example, be used to develop a smart artificial skin or a smart sensor that can sense small amounts of... Read More
16370 – Electro-optic modulators take voltage variations in an electrical signal and transforms them into variations in the intensity and wavelength of light transmitted by an electro-optic material. Electro-optic modulators are becoming increasingly important in electronics and are constructed from microwave transmission lines adjacent to optical waveguides. For optimum system... Read More
16764 – Hydrogels have received much attention for their controlled drug-delivery applications on account of their similarity to soft biological tissues and highly variable medical properties. This invention achieves localized drug delivery of multiple complements in a minimally invasive manner, with applications in controlled release technologies that, among other uses, may treat macular... Read More
14758 – This microneedle pill may be used for local delivery of biological drugs via oral administration. It may be used for improving and enhancing the delivery of bioactive substances, such as biologics (e.g. peptides and monoclonal antibodies), to gastrointestinal mucosa for increased bioavailability. Furthermore, the microneedle pill will enable oral administration of therapeutics that are... Read More
17907 – This passive device is a prosthetic for above-knee amputees and is especially suited for developing countries with limited availability of advanced medical care. There are an estimated 30 million people worldwide in need of prosthetics and orthotic devices. According to the World Health Organization, 90-95% of amputees in developing countries do not have access to prosthetics... Read More
16351 – Imaging spectrometers have excellent viability in both process control applications and commercial remote sensing. However, due to the large size, they are not easily integrated on small vehicles such as UAVs. Existing reflective imaging spectrometers must be flown in aircraft instrument bays or in large wing pods. Some designs also use convex gratings which are in limited... Read More
15895 – Tm-doped flurozirconate glass fibers are an excellent medium for solid-state lasing operations, which utilize the H-H transition. These fibers, however, are difficult to handle and fabricate. Thus, Tm-doped flurozirconate crystalline host materials are proposed as the ideal alternative. Unfortunately, these crystalline host materials suffer from short upper-state lifetimes and... Read More
15545 – The present technology can be used to generate organic photovoltaic devices, specifically PSCs with higher open-circuit voltages. Despite extensive efforts to improve the properties of the constituent materials and morphologies of the BJH systems, competing with the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of silicon-based solar cells remains a challenge. Fullerenes are presently the... Read More
15841 – Optical fibers are an important area of study for remote chemical sensing applications. Current designs rely on employing optical fibers for collecting and transmitting an emissive signal at one end of the fiber to an optical detector at the other. Inherent to this approach are several limitations. First, both the remoteness and sensitivity of detection are restricted by the... Read More