The Technology Transfer Office moves technologies from lab to commercially viable products, processes, and services. It licenses campus technology to corporate partners and supports the development of new businesses derived from UMass Amherst technology.
2019 Technology Transfer By The Numbers
- 73 Invention disclosures
- 26 New patent applications filed
- 26 Patents issued
- 8 License and option agreements executed
- 4 Start-ups formed
- $739,8749 Total revenue
Aclarity Provides Clean, Safe Water Globally
Aclarity, LLC (formerly ElectroPure) is a water purification start-up founded by graduate student Julie Bliss Mullen and Isenberg alumnus Barrett Mully (See story). Its core patent-pending electrochemical technology, based upon Mullen’s research conducted in her advisor Professor David Reckhow’s laboratory, removes pathogens, metals, and other impurities from water. Aclarity is currently focusing on the residential and commercial markets to produce a cost effective, low maintenance, and comprehensive home treatment solution to ensure safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. However, the core technology is scalable and the company is actively looking into other market segments.
This year the TTO signed a patent license agreement with Aclarity, giving them the exclusive right under UMass patents to make and sell electronic water purification devices.
TetraMem Creates Computers that Mimic the Brain
TetraMem, Inc., founded by Professors Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia and an industry-experienced CEO, is creating the next generation of computing devices for burgeoning AI and IoT applications through memristors. Memristors physically change based on past current flow, conferring two key advantages over traditional transistor-based computing. One, they do not need to be continuously powered to retain memory, enabling low power computing. Two, memristors can go beyond binary and have multiple levels, enabling the design of computers that can mimic the firing of synapses in the brain, key to a nascent field called neuromorphic computing.
This year the TTO has provided TetraMem with an option to license a series of UMass patent applications on such memristor devices for neuromorphic computing.