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Technology Transfer


“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past”

                                                                                     Thomas Jefferson
                                                                                     1816

An inventor himself, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia explicitly to strengthen society. Following his lead, faculty members in the U.Va. Engineering School play an active role not simply in uncovering new knowledge, but also in transferring that knowledge to organizations that can bring it to the marketplace. They do this by licensing their intellectual property and by creating companies of their own. 

Licensed SEAS Technologies

One of the most revealing indicators of the significance of discoveries made by SEAS faculty is the degree to which they are licensed by established companies, who see in them a source of competitive advantage. 

Examples of recently licensed technologies developed by SEAS faculty include:

  • Cellular Filamentary Structures and Method of Manufacture
  • Discrete, Deterministic Data Mining
  • Galileo Fault Tree Analysis Tool
  • Intuitive Ultrasonic Imaging System
  • Legion
  • Multifunctional Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials
  • Novel Semiconductor Device-to-Substrate Bonding Technique
  • Process for continuous obfuscation and anti-tampering (COAT)
  • Remote Sensing of Small Volume Solution Temperature on Microdevices
  • Robotic Mobile Platform for Inspection and Other Applications on Steel Structures
  • Super Thermal Conducting Materials and Method of Manufacture
  • Ultra-Lightweight Cellular and Foam Structures Produced by Electron Beam Directed Vapor Deposition
  • Wheelchair Single Point Vehicle Securement System

SEAS Start-Ups

Many SEAS faculty members have taken an active role in launching companies dedicated to translating scientific discoveries and innovations into practical applications that benefit society. 

Examples of start-ups founded by SEAS faculty include:

  • Avir:  simple, robust and cost-effective solutions for sensing hazardous chemicals for homeland security and environmental applications
  • Cellular Materials Int’l: periodic cellular material (PCM) technology to create lightweight, multi-functional structures
  • ContraVac Inc.: created a new over-the-counter product allowing men to check their fertility status in their own home
  • Diffusion Pharmaceuticals: small-molecule therapeutics to enhance the diffusion of oxygen through areas of critical resistance and into hypoxic (oxygen-starved) tissues
  • Directed Vapor Technologies Inc. (DVTI): advanced coating solutions and novel coating deposition systems
  • EpiEP Inc.: received $1.5 million for developing its EpiAccess system, improving the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia and other heart conditions
  • HemoSonics: point-of-care technology to quantify the clotting potential of whole blood
  • HiPerCon, LLC.: engineering, design, prototyping and construction of advanced metal fiber electrical brushes
  • MBC Tech: novel process of nano/micro texturing of metal and non-metal surfaces
  • Microlab Diagnostics Inc.: specializing in DNA extracting and testing, this company was acquired by ZyGEM Corp. Ltd.
  • PocketSonics: unconventional approach to ultrasound using an iPod-sized imaging device acting as a “window through the skin”
  • Privaris: biometric security solutions for secure physical access, logical access security, personal identification verification and security compliance using three-factor biometric authentication.
  • Targeson: ultrasound contrast agent technologies for preclinical molecular imaging in animal models
  • Teachstone: builds on research-based teaching and learning tools and makes them available to education professionals
  • Vibratess, LLC.: THz spectroscopic sensors for disease detection, tissue identification and biochip development
  • Virginia Diodes: millimeter-wave diodes, integrated components and systems operating from 18 GHz to over 3 THz