1,000 available patents may have new life with novel agreement

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Southwest Ohio gains a technology commercialization accelerator

Miami faculty and students will work with the Air Force Research Lab identifying patents that have the potential for commercialization. Pictured above is Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing lab with technologies including a 3-D printer. (Photo by Jeff Sabo.)
Miami University and Wright Brothers Institute of Dayton will work together to identify technologies from an Air Force Research Lab portfolio of more than 1,000 patents that have potential commercial use for public good.The agreement creates the Miami University–AFRL Research Technology Commercialization Accelerator. This collaboration gives Miami support in reviewing and accessing the lab’s entire open portfolio of patents and patent applications.The patent portfolio mimics the breadth of AFRL research programs.  Technological advances that include innovations in energy storage, healthcare monitoring, and advanced manufacturing go far beyond military sciences.  Miami will create and lead programming to connect those technologies with entrepreneurs, funding, and other resources needed to bring the technologies to market.“This agreement is a significant step in Miami University’s evolution into being an entrepreneurial university,” said President Greg Crawford. “It will provide great learning experiences for our students in entrepreneurship, science, engineering and intellectual property law.”It will also open up opportunities for research collaborations between Miami and the Air Force Research Lab.Wright Brothers Institute assists the Air Force Research Lab, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, with technology transfer, interactions with the community, workforce development and innovation. It works hand-in-hand with the lab to commercialize Air Force-developed technology; to establish collaborations with regional, state and national entities; and to provide innovative solutions to complex technical and organizational problems.“We are very excited about this partnership. Miami has access to state, research, alumni and student resources that are critical for building a commercialization ecosystem,” said Les McFawn, executive director of Wright Brothers Institute.
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