Just In...Invention of the Year
At the fifth annual Invention of the Year ceremony, APL recognized its top inventions for 2003. The Hydroxyl Free Radical Induced Decontamination of Spores, Viruses and Bacteria in a Dynamic System, invented by Drs. Richard Potember and Wayne Bryden (see lead story), won top honors for Life Sciences. A Method for Quantum Information Processing Using Single Photons and the Zeno Effect won in the Information Science category and was developed by Jim Franson, Bryan Jacobs and Todd Pittman. Strain Rate Sensitive Flexible Armor with Laminated Composite Elements captured the final category, Physical Sciences. APL researchers Jack Roberts and Paul Biermann teamed up with Richard Reidy of the University of North Texas to develop that technology.
An independent, outside review panel selected the winners from 139 APL inventions, representing the work of 220 inventors, based on their potential benefit to society, improvement over existing technology and commercial potential. APL Director Richard T. Roca and Director of Technology Transfer Wayne E. Swann congratulated researchers on their work and presented trophies and cash awards to the three winning teams of inventors.
Potember and Bryden's technology has been licensed, and licensing discussions are under way for the Flexible Armor. APL is actively seeking research partners and an exclusive licensee for the Quantum Information Processing technology.
APL Hosts the Clean Cities Coalition Conference
The Clean Cities Coalition is a national organization that supports improving air quality in urban sectors of the United States through forums that bring a wide range of people together to discuss the issues and opportunities to achieve air quality goals. The Axis Group-a Salt Lake City company evaluating APL's Compressed Natural Gas vehicle technology-in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) requested that APL host the latest Clean Cities Coalition conference to support local industry outreach programs.
Hosted by APL's Office of Technology Transfer, the event was attended by more than 35 people representing at least 15 local companies and organizations interested in learning the latest state and federal guidelines for clean air. The conference focused on available funding to support the implementation of technology solutions to achieve government goals.
APL Licensees Flourish
North Star Announces New Website: The new site (http://www.landforms.biz/) contains digital maps and satellite images that have never before been posted to the Internet, including high-resolution maps of all 50 states, 3-D versions of all 50 states, plus a great many custom maps such as the Caribbean region, Mexico, countries in Europe, the Pacific region, hurricane images, and more. Color shaded relief maps of the seven continents-as derived from Space Shuttle radar data-are also included. Three-dimensional maps of Mars are coming soon. Ray Sterner of the APL Space Department first developed these maps and the mapping technology licensed by North Star in 2001.
SkyBitz Lands $16 Million in Funding: Continuing to grow in stature in the transportation industry, Dulles, VA-based SkyBitz, the operator of a satellite-based asset tracking and information management service, secured $16 million in its third round of funding. The round was co-led by Inverness Capital Partners and Motorola Ventures. Original investors AIG Highstar Capital and Cordova Ventures also participated, increasing the company's total funding to $41 million. Companies use SkyBitz's service to track assets as they travel through the supply chain. In addition to its investment, Motorola has entered into a separate agreement with SkyBitz to develop new products that use the company's platform. SkyBitz licensed APL technology in 2002. http://www.skybitz.com/