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2017 News
  02-27-2017 INVENTOR OF THE MONTH>>
Yizheng Zhu's next generation of microscopy can be used to quantify the complex field of a sample with low cost, simple implementation, high speed, and high sensitivity, enabling the quantification of a variety of parameters such as mass, volume, stiffness, scattering, and anisotropy, as well as their dynamics.
[VTIP contact: lchen@vtip.org]
01-31-2017 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
While it will always be better to prevent heart attacks through a heart-healthy lifestyle and medications, thanks to the work of Robert Gourdie, Linda Jourdan, and Jingbo Jiang there may soon be a medicine to reduce recurrent heart attacks.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
01-30-2017 INVENTORS AWARDED GRANT TO REFINE MALARIA DRUG>>
As long as parasites continue to mount resistance to malaria drugs, scientists will be faced with the task of developing new, improved pharmaceuticals. A research team from the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery has received a $431,126 two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to make improved versions of a promising compound called MMV008138, or 8138 for short.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]

2016 News
  12-08-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
Inspired by the shell of the Namib Desert beetle that has unique patterns to collect water, Jonathan Boreyko was able to create a passive anti-frosting surface that greatly suppressed the in-plane growth of frost.
[VTIP contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
11-21-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
During the Cold War, US intelligence agents analyzed “chatter” in Soviet communications to identify potential military exercises. These days, computers at the Virginia Tech Discovery Analytics Center analyze worldwide open-source data to forecast geopolitical events of all kinds.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
10-31-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH >>
Remember the cyber attack of October 21? They got in through all those connected devices we all have. Joe Tront and Randy Marchany were working on how to protect the Internet of Things before you had even heard of IoT!
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
09-26-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s sailors famously complained "Water, water, every where, | Nor any drop to drink." As readily available fresh water becomes more scarce, research and development of technologies for sustainable water and wastewater treatment and recovery become more important to society. Fortunately, Zhen (Jason) He is on the case!
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
08-25-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, along with his co-inventors, graduate students William Rone, Wael Saab, Bijo Sebastian, and Eric Refour, as Inventors of the Month for August 2016 for five inventions disclosed to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
07-20-2016 IN THE NEWS >>
On the 40th anniversary of the Viking I landing on Mars, The Roanoke Times investigated Virginia Tech's role in exploring the red planet with Dr. Javid Bayandor and the CRASH Lab.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
07-07-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
Alternative clean energy technology invented by Lei Zuo and his team aims to harness ocean wave energy for human use.
[VTIP contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
06-09-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
Guohua Cao’s invention enables, for the first time ever, 3D X-ray imaging of a free-moving animal subject without the need for anesthetization.
[VTIP contact: lchen@vtip.org]
05-11-2016 VIRGINIA TECH’S HOCKEY HELMET RATINGS>>
The latest hockey helmet to be released, the Bauer RE-AKT 75, is the best performing helmet on the consumer market according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings system developed by Virginia Tech researchers. The Bauer helmet is rated the highest of 38 hockey helmet models that have been tested to date, earning 3 stars.
[VTIP contact: lchen@vtip.org]
05-06-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
When NASA needed to find a way to return rock samples from Mars, they turned to Virginia Tech’s CRASH lab. And while the solution may be rocket science, it has potential applications here on Earth just as well.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
05-05-2016 VIRGINIA TECH'S X.J. MENG ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES>>
“Dr. Meng’s extraordinary research on emerging and re-emerging animal viruses is bringing national and international acclaim to Virginia Tech,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “His groundbreaking research led to the discovery of new viruses and the invention of a commercially licensed vaccine that is now in use around the world. His work is revolutionizing the way scientists and physicians think about human and animal viruses. We are lucky to have such an accomplished researcher and scholar at Virginia Tech.”
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
04-25-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH>>
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have developed a Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) motorcycle helmet system that allows motorcyclists to connect into a connected vehicle network.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
04-08-2016 VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SPRING 2016 GAME CHANGERS CHALLENGE>>
An opportunity for one entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to qualify for a $25,000 “Running Start” loan plus a package of free startup assistance services. There will be no public events, and this is a qualifying process, not a contest.
Applications due April 29, 2016.
[See link for contact info]
03-31-2016 VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF CHALLENGE SEMIFINALS>>
Congratulations to VTIP Licensee DialySensors for winning the 2016 Innovation Challenge and to all of the winners of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
03-31-2016 OCEAN WAVE ENERGY HARVESTING NETS $2 MILLION DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GRANT>>
Looking at the ocean shows Lei Zuo, associate professor of mechanical engineering, more than beautiful scenery. It shows him the potential for abundant cheap, clean energy.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
03-14-2016 INVENTORS OF THE MONTH >>
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and Junjie Feng as Inventors of the Month for their invention, “Omnidirectional Wireless Power Transfer System,” disclosed to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc. These Virginia Tech inventors have improved upon the limitations of existing wireless charging technologies with the invention of a novel, well-designed, omnidirectional wireless charging bowl based on a concept of coil arrangement and flexible excitation methods.
[VTIP Contact: lchen@vtip.org]
02-24-2016 CIT OFFERS SBIR/STTR WORKSHOP AT VT MARCH 22, 2016>>
SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. Over $2.6B is available each year in this competitive program. This workshop will cover the distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the agencies, getting registered so you can submit, preparing proposal components for maximum impact, what reviewers expect, and more.

2015 News
  12-07-2015 VTIP STARTUPS IN THE NEWS>>
The FOCIS(TM) probe made by Prime Photonics LLC is featured on the cover of the December 2015 issue of Photonics Spectra magazine. Inside, the article "With Fiber Comes Miles-Long and Multiplexed Sensors” describes how Prime uses fiber to measure the tip clearance and vibration of gas turbine blades.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
11-20-2015 PaTaPaTa, THE LADDER CHAIR WINS AWARD>>
Congratulations to VTIP inventor Alex Taylor for winning the People's Choice Award at the first Annual Re-Form competition, presented by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and the Emerging Architects Committee (EAC). The competition on November 9, 2015, tasked architects and designers from around the nation with developing provocative design solutions to social and civil problems.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
11-06-2015 THE AUTM BRIEFING BOOK: 2015 >>
The Association of University Technology Managers has released its 2015 Briefing Book. With stakeholders and constituents, through government, media, university administrations and corporate leadership, AUTM tackles university R&D commercialization issues, as well as proposed policy solutions, to accelerate the path of research into the marketplace and the lives of citizens worldwide.
10-30-2015 CRCF LOIs DUE DEC 4 >>
CIT has announced the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals for FY2016. Letters of Intent are due by Friday, December 4, 2015. Award announcements are planned for early June 2016.
The CRCF grows Virginia’s economy by supporting high-potential technology commercialization projects at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, and nonprofit research institutions.
5 programs available for funding:
- Commercialization
- SBIR Matching Funds
- STTR Matching Funds
- Matching Funds
- Eminent Researcher Recruitment
09-23-2015 CRC TENANT SPOTLIGHT>>
Thanks to the VT Corporate Research Center for this tenant spotlight article on VTIP. We are proud to be members of this award winning research park!
09-18-2015 TRANSFORMATIONAL CLEANING AND DEWATERING PROCESS FROM MINERALS REFINING COMPANY NOW COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE>>
A new cleaning and dewatering process, born out of decades of research by Virginia Tech's Roe-Hoan Yoon, is now commercially available for coal processing plants. Minerals Refining Company’s patented technology can drastically reduce the amount of coal thrown away in impoundments by extracting salable product from a processing plant’s waste stream.
[VTIP Contact: mark.coburn@vtip.org]
09-17-2015 ALLIED MINDS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF HAWKEYE 360 >>
The company will use small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) to collect data, perform analytics and generate reports on wireless signals worldwide that can be used to monitor and track ships, planes and other transportation networks across air, land and sea, and assist with emergency response.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
09-16-2015 NEW METHOD FOR MODIFYING NATURAL POLYMERS COULD HELP BRING LIFESAVING MEDICATIONS TO MARKET>>
Xiangtao Meng devised a way to apply a famous class of chemical reactions to cellulose, a natural polymer often used for drug delivery. According to Kevin Edgar, a professor of sustainable biomaterials and Meng’s doctoral adviser, the new method “can get drugs to market, and to patients, that would otherwise fail.”
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
09-14-2015 NEW DRUG APPROACH COULD OFFER RELIEF TO PATIENTS, HOSPITALS FIGHTING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE >>
Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a new group of antibiotics that target the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, and the antibiotic resistant strains commonly known as MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
09-01-2015 VTIP IS ON TWITTER!
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08-26-2015 ON-CAMPUS IP & INNOVATION OFFICE HOURS RESUME>>
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1 - 5 PM in 3320 Torgersen Hall
Fridays, 9 AM - 12 PM at VTIP's CRC Office, 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1050
Walk-ins are welcome, or schedule an appointment at vtip.appointy.com
[VTIP Contact: mbonadeo@vtip.org]
08-11-2015 CRAFTING A NEW MARKET >>
“Brewers’ spent grain is a rich resource, with about 30 percent protein and 20 percent cellulose, which could be used in human food and pharmaceuticals. All we have to do is extract them, and we know how to do that.”
— Young Teck Kim
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
08-03-2015 CANCER UNDER ATTACK >>
Virginia Tech Magazine explores how the campus community is fighting the disease.
07-28-2015 NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPS PERSONALIZED MEDICINE BY ENABLING EPIGENOMIC ANALYSIS WITH A MERE 100 CELLS>>
A new technology that will dramatically enhance investigations of epigenomes, the machinery that turns on and off genes and a very prominent field of study in diseases such as stem cell differentiation, inflammation and cancer, is reported in the research journal Nature Methods.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
06-26-2015 TURBINE BLADES INSPIRED BY OWL FEATHERS COULD BOOST EFFORTS TO INCREASE WIND FARMING, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY>>
Virginia Tech engineers, leading an international team of researchers with members from Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, and Cambridge University, say a turbine blade inspired by the downy covering of owl feathers may offer a way to reduce noise from engines or wind farms.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
06-17-2015 VIRGINIA TECH IS AMONG TOP 100 WORLDWIDE UNIVERSITIES GRANTED U.S. PATENTS IN 2014 >>
According to a new report released by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, Virginia Tech ranked No. 93 because of 23 patents that it received in 2014 through Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc., an affiliated corporation of Virginia Tech that provides technology transfer and commercialization services to faculty, staff, and students.
[VTIP contact: mark.coburn@vtip.org]
06-02-2015 BOARD OF VISITORS REVISES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY >>
Efforts to encourage student innovation got a boost this week when the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved revisions to the university’s intellectual property policy.
[VTIP contact: mark.coburn@vtip.org]
05-28-2015 IN DEFENSE OF PATENTS AND LICENSING >>
IP Watchdog's Joseph Allen counters Vivek Wadhwa's recent claims that the patent system hinders innovation, published in The Washington Post, with evidence showing how academic-industry patent licensing makes a substantial contribution to our economy.
05-27-2015 LIBRARIES: THEY'RE NOT JUST FOR BOOKS ANYMORE >>
Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech, mentioned VTIP's on-campus office hours in his blog article about "The Evolving & Expanding Service Landscape Across Academic Libraries."
[VTIP contact: mbonadeo@vtip.org]
05-26-2015 iBRIDGE NETWORK PRE-LAUNCH PREVIEW >>
Click here to preview the new iBridge.Network 2.0. This innovation network's platform has been redesigned to incorporate new features that will foster collaboration and formation of strategic partnerships to accelerate tech transfer.
[VTIP Contact: mbonadeo@vtip.org]
05-26-2015 VIDEO: TOP SCIENTIST'S MATERIALS RESEARCH PUTS 'SMART BUILDINGS' ON THE GRID >>
Timothy Long, a professor of chemistry in Virginia Tech's College of Science and director of the university's Macromolecules Interfaces Institute, recently talked about his research at an Outreach and International Affairs-sponsored high-tech showcase in Newport News.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
05-24-2015 X.J. MENG’S VIRUS RESEARCH BRINGS INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM >>
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted full licensure approval for a vaccine developed in Meng’s lab against porcine circovirus. The vaccine has been sold in more than 50 countries and has saved the global swine industry hundreds of millions of dollars. He was recently inducted as a Fellow to the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of his work as the inventor of vaccines and diagnostics of several important viral diseases.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
05-08-2015 SUMMER IP & INNOVATION OFFICE HOURS>>
VTIP will continue to hold office hours throughout the Summer of 2015 on Fridays from 9 AM - 4 PM at our CRC office, 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1050. We look forward to returning to Torgerson Hall on Wednesdays & Thursdays when the Fall semester begins. Walk-ins are welcome, or click to schedule an appointment.
[VTIP contact: mbonadeo@vtip.org]
05-06-2015 VIRGINIA BIOINFORMATICS INSTITUTE RESEARCH TEAM FINDS NEW WAYS TO DETECT OVARIAN CANCER>>
Researchers hope the findings will aid in the development of diagnostic tools to detect the possibility of cancer before it progresses to a stage which is less responsive to therapy. Virginia Tech has licensed these finding to Genomeon, a company co-founded by Harold R. Garner, a professor in the departments of biological science, computer science, and basic science.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]
04-28-2015 DRUG DISCOVERY RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY, REFINE COMPOUND TO COMBAT MALARIA PARASITE>>
Paul Carlier, a professor of chemistry in the College of Science, and Maria Belen Cassera, an assistant professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have discovered a compound that packs a mean punch to the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]
04-15-2015 CONVENIENT IP & INNOVATION OFFICE HOURS>>
Beginning Wed. April 15
On-Campus Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1 - 5 PM in 3320 Torgerson Hall
Fridays, 9 AM - 12 PM at VTIP's CRC Office, 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1050
Walk-ins are welcome, or click to schedule an appointment
[VTIP Contact: mbonadeo@vtip.org]
04-14-2015 SBIR/STTR PROPOSAL PREP & COMMERCIALIZATION PLANNING >>
April 14-16, 2015 in Blacksburg
Training designed in half day increments to accommodate the busy schedules of university researchers, postdocs, grad students, and small tech firms. Attend one, two or all three days at one low price. If you are considering an SBIR / STTR application over the next 6-9 months, this is a perfect opportunity to learn how.
[VTIP Contact: mark.coburn@vtip.org]
04-08-2015 FREE REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THE VTKW GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE SEMIFINALS >>
Watch as Virginia Tech student teams present their business concepts before a judging panel and live audience and are awarded amazing prizes.
[VTIP contact - mark.coburn@vtip.org]
04-07-2015 REGISTER TO ATTEND AND/OR PRESENT A POSTER >>
Come meet other scientists from the region, get some new cutting-edge ideas and maybe even come up with a collaboration or two.
[VTIP contact - rwhitehead@vtip.org]
04-05-2015 REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AT THE MARION DUPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER HELPS HORSES, DOGS >>
Through its Regenerative Medicine Service, the Equine Medical Center has turned a promising idea into innovative and effective treatments for a variety of conditions.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]
03-31-2015 APPLY BY MARCH 3 TO COMPETE>>
Charlotte Venture Challenge is the Southeast’s largest startup competition, annually attracting over 100 ventures that compete for investor attention and customer discovery opportunities by large corporate companies. Winning companies are eligible for cash prizes.
[VTIP contact - mark.coburn@vtip.org]
02-27-2015 APPLY BY FEB 27 TO SHOWCASE YOUR COMPANY OR TECHNOLOGY>>
The Virginia Venture Summit brings together the best start-up and emerging-growth companies in Virginia, venture capitalists, corporate VCs and angels.
[VTIP contact – mark.coburn@vtip.org]
02-13-2015 APPLY BY FEB 13 TO SHOWCASE YOUR COMPANY OR TECHNOLOGY>>
Destination Innovation is the premier event highlighting the vibrant technology community in Northern Virginia.
[VTIP contact – mark.coburn@vtip.org]
01-12-2015 RESEARCHER DEVELOPS VACCINES TO HELP PEOPLE AND ANIMALS BREATHE EASIER>>
Virginia Tech Professor Mike Zhang is developing a vaccine that could help smokers conquer their nicotine addictions, which ultimately could make many smoking-related diseases relics of the 21st century.
[VTIP contact - rwhitehead@vtip.org]

2014 News
  03-10-2014 THE LAUNCH PLACE AND FIRST FLIGHT VENTURE CENTER PARTNER TO HOST THE BIG LAUNCH CHALLENGE>>
The Launch Place, a leading recruiter of entrepreneurs in the Dan River Region of Virginia, and First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), RTP’s largest technology incubator, announced today a unique partnership to attract the most innovative technology start-up companies in Virginia and North Carolina to a competition that planners of the event are referring to as “high stakes.”
[VTIP contact – mark.coburn@vt.edu]
02-26-2014 RESEARCHERS ESTABLISH BENCHMARK SET OF GENOTYPES FOR HUMAN GENOME SEQUENCING>>
Led by biomedical engineer Justin Zook of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a team of bioinformaticians from Harvard University and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has presented new methods to integrate data from different sequencing platforms, thus producing a highly reliable set of genotypes that will serve as a benchmark for human genome sequencing.
[VTIP contact – jgeikler@vtip.org]
02-25-2014 RESEARCHERS WORK WITH NOVEL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE>>
Medical mistakes happen every day, even with the best doctors and nurses. One way to reduce medical errors is to adopt new wireless technologies that improve health care and reduce costs.
[VTIP contact – jgeikler@vtip.org]
02-24-2014 VIRGINIA TECH SCIENTIST PROPOSES REVOLUTIONARY NAMING SYSTEM FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH>>
A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence and in doing so created a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.
[VTIP contact - ghess@vtip.org]