May 2013 Tech Roundup: University Technology Available for Licensing

Looking for a new business opportunity? The University of Florida Office of Technology Licensing is ready to play matchmaker for companies interested in latching onto up-and-coming research and patents to help commercialize and take new ideas to market. Here’s just a few of licenses up for grabs:

Software and Hardware with High-Precision Indoor Navigation Capabilities

If you’ve tried to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) on a smartphone or tablet indoors, you know how difficult it can be to see accurate locations. New hardware and software coming out of UF is looking to change that. Researchers have developed a downloadable application with high-precision indoor navigation that can bypass dense overhead objects and pinpoint indoor locations of mobile devices with an accuracy of up to two inches. Researchers say the technology will be useful for military, civilian and commercial purposes including reconnaissance and navigation.

Magnetic Nanoparticles and Microneedle Tips to Detect and Monitor Early-Stage Arthritis

Osteoarthritis affects 12.1 percent of American adults, costing the nation an estimated $200 billion annually. While there is no cure for the painful inflammation the degenerative joint disease causes, UF researchers have developed magnetic nanoparticles and needle tips that enable collection of osteoarthritis-specific biomarkers without the need for synovial fluid removal – a process that can cause pain and impair movement. By detecting and diagnosing the disease at an earlier stage, patients can begin seeking treatment and offset some of its degenerative effects.

Organic Solar Cells with Improved Solar Energy Conversion

The global organic photovoltaics market, worth $4.6 million in 2012, is projected to be reach $630 million by 2022 after the acceleration and adoption of new advances in technology. University of Florida researchers have developed an organic cell that does not require the use of expensive, high-grade silicon often used in conventional solar cells, lowering production costs and paving the way for the possibility of disposable solar cells. The cells are fabricated using a “supermolecular assembly” approach, offering high-performance and stable organic semiconductor-based solar cells and panels.

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