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Our technology is usually early stage and often requires substantial development by the licensing company before a commercial product is ready for market. Because of this, we often find that the best contact person from the company is one who is knowledgeable about the company's science and technology and also familiar with the long-term strategic plans of the company.
16872 – Most polymers are structurally stable until they encounter some form of mechanical strain, which can lead to deformation and loss of functionality. This technology from the Johnson lab presents a new polymer class that combines the material stability of traditional hydrogels with the self-healing properties derived from metal-ligand self-assembly. The self healing properties of... Read More
12269 – This method of supramolecular nanostamping enables master microarrays to be replicated at a higher volume and manufactured at a higher rate. The technology consists of master microarrays containing 16 dots, each containing a large number of single stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules aligned in upright positions that stand in rows. Complementary DNA (cDNA) in solution is chemically modified... Read More
16591 – Tracing the movement of metabolites through biosynthetic pathways is a procedure essential to both basic research and drug development. However, many pathway maps tend to be crowded and confusing to interpret. This is the first pathway map that enables tracking of individual carbon atoms as they are metabolized within these biosynthesis pathways. This map is a research tool for... Read More
14532 – CoSpa/CIWS relies on storm tracking for the deterministic forecast. Storm tracking generates motion vectors, which are used to advect the weather for forecasts. The current tracking technology is based on cross-correlation, an image processing technique which attempts to determine where pixels have moved to from one image to the next. There are several problems with this method: it does not... Read More
14531 – Algorithms to recognize animals and plants from their photographs hold great promise for the study of migratory behavior and for the development of conservation plans. However, a vast number of animals and plants deform in highly nonlinear ways, which makes recognizing them difficult. We present a new approach to deformation invariant image matching. Our matcher (a) aligns templates to... Read More
13587 – The TDWR Upgrade has both a hardware and software component, but it is the software component that is the subject of this license opportunity. (The hardware component essentially involves a replacement of legacy TDWR hardware with modern COTS parts that provide increased system performance. The TDWR Upgrade software components provide conversion from TDWR radar data at an early stage of... Read More
13503 – IFERRET/QAINT is a system for tracing the flow of information (also known as "taint") within a program or virtual machine. It can be used to understand how inputs affect a program by labeling them and watching what they influence and control. This has applications to program testing, malware analysis, and reverse engineering, as well as intrusion and exfiltration prevention.
13224 – JSemcor was designed to be an easy-to-use, easy-to-extend Java library for interfacting with the Semcor electronic concordance. It features API calls to retrieve context object, paragraphs, sentences, and tokens from the Semcor data files. It also has classes that allow the user to interface to the taglist index files (if available) and the 'detokenization' of the texts back into... Read More
12430 – Star trackers are designed to be highly sophisticated attitude sensors that precisely determine position during tumble operations. There are numerous types of attitude sensors, but star trackers offer the greatest robustness compared to other currently available sensors. MIT’s Space System’s Laboratory (SSL) and AeroAstro, Inc. are developing two star trackers, LIST (Lightweight... Read More
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12443 – Organism Checker can determine the species origin of a novel DNA sequence by comparing the relative frequencies of kmers within the novel DNA to a database of known kmer frequencies for various organisms. The comparison algorithm is novel and effective. Contact the technology manager for more information.
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