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Issue 13 - 2009

Featured Article: Inreach Equals Better Outreach
Inreach Equals Better Outreach by M. Buckley When the APL Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) opened in 1999, its earliest programs introduced Lab staff to the office itself and to the invention process—like steps to protect intellectual property or rules for licensing government-funded developments. The Invention of the Year awards (started in 2000) brought APL inventors their first Lab-wide recognition. These successful initiatives helped to develop a smarter audience, and as OTT enters its second decade, its “inreach” programs are evolving to match today’s information needs. MORE >

Issue 12 - 2008

Featured Article: Exploring the Global Technology Community Through Strategic Technology Licensing
David Silver is among several Lab inventors whose work involves, or is attracting attention from, foreign partners. Careful management of international involvement has been, and continues to be, a high priority for the Lab. But as Silver proves, this doesn’t mean that foreign interactions are unwelcome. The Lab views foreign interactions as an opportunity to assess APL’s technology in a global context. And what better way than through the licensing process? MORE >

Issue 11 - 2007

Featured Article: APL Licenses Technology to Prevent Dangerous Electrical Fires.
More than two decades ago, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory leveraged internal research funds and Navy sponsorship to create a system of sensors for the Navy to quickly detect and stop arc faults on submarines. These systems, since deployed on all classes of subs and aircraft carriers, have helped avert disaster on 10 Navy ships. Now, with the nation’s demand for electricity on the rise, APL is expanding this protection to the commercial sector, where arc faults also cause significant injuries and damage. MORE >

Issue 10 - Summer 2006

Featured Article: The Equity Option Gives Small Companies Room to Grow and Launches APL Technology into the Marketplace.
APL license agreements with small or start-up companies usually include a range of terms, such as payments to the Lab upon certain development milestones; royalties from sales of commercial products based on Lab technologies; and, in lieu of a portion of cash for an up-front payment, an equity stake in the company. MORE >

Issue 9 - Spring/Summer 2005

Featured Article: Invention of the Year Awards Offer Glimpse of Top Technologies of Tomorrow
APL makes it easier for potential commercial partners to find up-and-coming technologies, giving them a glimpse into the future—and touting its top inventors—with the APL Office of Technology Transfer’s annual Invention of the Year awards. MORE >

Issue 8 - Spring 2004

Featured Article: Breathe More Easily Knowing APL’s System Is Decontaminating Our Buildings’ Air Supply
APL researchers have developed a system to destroy airborne biological agents as they move through a building's heating and air conditioning ducts. The technology has been licensed to the Bio-Defense Research Group, Inc. of Upper Marlboro, Md., which is using it in a system called Path-Away™. MORE >

Issue 7 - Fall 2003

Featured Article: APL's QT Viewer Software Widens Appeal and Users of 3-D Data
The unique program draws on video-game technology and other clever techniques to do something no other software can: corral large, raw 3-D data files and create interactive, high-resolution products - quickly and accurately - on a standard personal computer. MORE >

Issue 6 - Spring 2003

Featured Article: Catching a Wave
J. Hanson is a master at catching waves—and he doesn’t even own a surfboard. Instead, he uses something a little more scientific and a lot easier on the body. The senior physical oceanographer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has created APL WAVES, an innovative computer program that extracts and displays detailed information from wide-ranging data on ocean waves. MORE >

Issue 5 - Fall 2002

Featured Article: Dawn of a New Sentry
Latest APL start-up company to field innovative biodetection system. Terrorist attacks on American soil were more hypothetical than historical when Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) researchers began crafting a portable system to detect dangerous airborne chemicals and biological agents. MORE >

Issue 4 - Spring 2002

Featured Article: APL Inventors Meet Industry Need for Out-of-This-World Technology
When it comes to space research and development, the Applied Physics Laboratory has always minded its business. Four decades ago APL's first major space project, the Transit program, introduced the Navy—and eventually the world—to navigation by satellite. MORE >

Issue 3 - Fall 2001

Featured Article: Stay Tuned: Ratings Leader Arbitron Plugs in to APL Technology
Already the undisputed leader in the radio ratings business, Arbitron Inc. figures to establish an even bigger multimedia presence with the introduction of its Portable People Meter, the first electronic device to automatically collect information about a person's exposure to radio, TV and cable programming. MORE >

Issue 2 - Spring 2001

Featured Article: Start-Ups Delivering APL Innovation to Maryland
Johns Hopkins University President William Brody made a prediction when the Applied Physics Laboratory launched its first spin-off company, Syntonics LLC, back in December 1999. "It's only a beginning," Brody said. "You'll see a lot more entrepreneurial ventures coming out of the Lab in years to come." MORE >

Issue 1 - Summer 2000

Featured Article: New Treatment Promises Brighter Future for Millions with Retinal Disease
Call it a vision to restore sight: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) recently licensed a set of innovative tools and techniques that could make fighting age-related macular degeneration—a leading cause of blindness in the United States—as routine as correcting nearsightedness. MORE >