Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Names Best Inventions
A "smart" polymer that automatically releases medicine into the bloodstream and a super-thin flexible microchip share the honor as The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's top invention for 2008.
The winners were selected from the 129 inventions reported by 193 APL staff members last calendar year. An independent panel of 30 representatives from industry, the high-tech sector and patent law selected the top inventions based on their benefit to society, improvement over existing technology, and commercial potential. APL Director Rich Roca and Technology Transfer Director Kristin Gray presented plaques and cash awards to the inventors, listed with their inventions below, during the Lab's 10th annual Invention of the Year ceremony May 7 on the APL campus in Laurel, Md.
Each team also received a congratulatory letter from Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
"These awards not only recognize and reward the work of the winning inventors, they also celebrate inventiveness and innovation across the Lab," Gray says. "After 10 years, the inventions keep getting better and our inventors continue to creatively address the nation's critical technical challenges."
APL engineer Jack Roberts also received a "Master Inventor" award, joining 21 other past and current APL staff members who hold at least 10 patents.
Technology Transfer at APL
APL opened its Office of Technology Transfer in late 1999 to facilitate the transfer of APL-developed technology to the private sector. It ranks among the top research universities in its number of inventions, licenses, patent applications, patents issued, start-up companies, and associated research and development income. APL technologies have been transferred to companies all over Maryland and in 36 other states, as well as in Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands and Denmark. Other accomplishments over the past decade include:
For more information on APL's Technology Transfer programs, visit www.jhuapl.edu/ott.
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The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For more information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.