U.Va. Inventors Present Research Breakthroughs at Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase

November 17, 2008 — Seven teams of University of Virginia inventors presented their research discoveries at Friday's 2008 Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase in McLean, Va. Co-hosted by the U.Va. Patent Foundation, the showcase attracted an audience of nearly 350 representatives from Washington, D.C.-area technology companies, investors and other guests.

"The Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase is one of many ways the Patent Foundation is working to bring inventive U.Va. technologies to industry," said Robert S. MacWright, executive director of the U.Va. Patent Foundation. "The Patent Foundation works with hundreds of University faculty, staff and students each year to protect their research discoveries and transfer their technologies to the marketplace, where they can make the most impact on people's lives."

Inventors from U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Medicine, and College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences joined colleagues from 23 other institutions and federal laboratories throughout Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to showcase the region's most promising cutting-edge research innovations with commercial applications.

"The Engineering School recognizes the importance of furthering early-stage research discoveries through technology transfer," said James H. Aylor, Louis T. Rader Professor and dean of the School of Engineering. "We are proud to support our researchers who continue to push on the known boundaries of science, developing novel materials, devices and techniques to improve the human condition."

Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh P. Chopra, who discussed the importance of spotlighting regional innovation at the showcase, cited the role of transferring technologies like those in development at U.Va. as particularly important to the commonwealth's economic development.

"Academic technology transfer is playing an increasingly vital role in the continual development of Virginia's high-tech community, and the University of Virginia Patent Foundation is a leading provider of innovative technologies across several disciplines," Chopra said. "By supporting U.Va. inventors and start-ups and building strong relationships with local industry, the U.Va. Patent Foundation is advancing promising early-stage technologies to the marketplace, fostering new jobs and bringing in new investment capital throughout the commonwealth."

In addition to the seven teams of U.Va. researchers who presented technologies, listed below, several University representatives served as speakers and panelists throughout the event. Barry W. Johnson, senior associate dean and associate dean of research for the Engineering School, and Barry M. Horowitz, professor and chairman of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, participated on the showcase's "Success Stories" panel. In addition, Lisa E. Friedersdorf, senior scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, discussed the University's energy research efforts as a speaker in the showcase's "Energy/Clean Tech" break-out session.

University of Virginia Inventions Exhibited

• "High-Presence Low-Bandwidth Video Conferencing" by Steven M. Boker, associate professor and director of Quantitative Psychology, Department of Psychology, and Timothy R. Brick and Jeffrey R. Spies, quantitative psychology graduate students.

• "Low Terahertz Spectroscopic and Imaging Sensors" by members of the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Boris L. Gelmont, research associate professor; Tatiana Globus, research associate professor; Robert M. Weikle, professor; Nathan Swami, graduate program director and assistant professor; Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy, graduate research assistant; Arthur W. Lichtenberger, research professor, Alexei Bykhovski, senior scientist.

• "Intravascular Ultrasound and Micro-Bubbles for Treating Heart Disease" by John A. Hossack, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Brian R. Wamhoff, assistant professor, and Alexander L. Klibanov, associate professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Department of Biomedical Engineering.

• "Quantitative Unbiased Diagnostic for Brain Cancer: Immunohistochemical Signaling Network Analysis Platform (iSNAP)" by Jason A. Papin, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. James W. Mandell, associate professor, Department of Pathology.

• "Development of a Sustainable Transportation System" by Byungkyu "Brian" Park, assistant professor of transportation engineering and management, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

• "Smart Barrier for Spin Torque Transfer RAM" by members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering: Stuart A. Wolf, professor and director of the U.Va. Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR); Lisa E. Friedersdorf, senior scientist; Jiwei Lu, research associate; David M. Kirkwood, materials science graduate student, and Kevin G. West, engineering physics graduate student.

• "Novel Treatment Regimens for the Prevention of Heart Failure" by Brent A. French, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Department of Radiology, and Dr. Christopher M. Kramer, professor, Department of Radiology.

About the University of Virginia Patent Foundation

U.Va.'s Patent Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that brings U.Va. technologies to the global marketplace by evaluating, protecting and licensing intellectual property generated in the course of research at U.Va. The Patent Foundation reviews and evaluates nearly 200 inventions per year and has generated approximately $85 million in licensing revenue since its formation in 1978. For information, visit the foundation's Web site at www.uvapf.org.