Technology Transfer Office

Tech Transfer News Archive

Below, you will find our archive of news in technology transfer, which is also syndicated in each edition of the Office of Research newsletter at CSU. If you have any suggestions for monthly news to be included, please contact us.

Latest News

July 2017
 SBIR/STTR Opportunities

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together they represent America's Largest Seed Fund.

Register to meet with SBIR/STTR Program Managers from multiple federal agencies on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The SBIR Road Tour will be held at Ohio Aerospace Institute, 22800 Cedar Point Road, Cleveland, OH 44142.

 OFRN Research Opportunity

Through the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), Access Flight Training Services, LLC (AFTS) is seeking partners to develop and provide a virtual reality-based flight training system (VR SIM) tailored to specific aircraft. The VR SIM service would require the development and integration of system components, some of which currently exist in the marketplace and some of which still need to be created.

CSU serves as the marketing and outreach lead for OFRN’s commercialization efforts. Contact Jack Kraszewski for further information.


June 2017
 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

A U.S. provisional patent application was filed on April 3, 2017 for Dr. Hanz Richter’s invention titled Powered Machine and Control Method with Programmable Mechanical Impedance for Concentric-Eccentric Human Exercise. Dr. Richter is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The technology development was sponsored in part by the NSF. The invention includes an electric motor, sensors, and a control method to obtain continuously variable mechanical resistance during exercise.

 OFRN Research Opportunity

GE Aviation has proposed a $350,000 sponsored research project for university researchers to develop solutions to extend the matrix life of polyimide (PI) composites. Thin ply PI composites have been shown to have advantages in reduced residual stress, microcracking, and damage initiation.

CSU serves as the marketing and outreach lead for the Ohio Federal Research Network’s (OFRN) commercialization efforts. Contact Jack Kraszewski for further information on project requirements and funding opportunity details.


May 2017
 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

A U.S. provisional patent application was filed on April 3, 2017 for Drs. Ye Zhu, Conor McLennan and Philip Manning’s invention titled Authentication Method for a Computing Device Using Interactive Game Board and Game Piece Images. Dr. Zhu is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. McLennan is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Manning is a professor in the department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology.

The invention was resubmitted as a provisional application based on new market opportunities discovered during Dr. Zhu’s participation in the I-Corps @ Ohio program. The claims in the invention disclosure protect a range of systems and methods for authenticating a user of a computing device or computer system by using a graphical and interactive game board passcode.

 Industry Research Interests

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), an effort aimed at expanding federal research by Ohio universities, has identified opportunities for industry sponsored research.

  • GrafTech seeks partners to develop usage guidelines for their GRAFGUARD fire retardant materials that will reduce time to launch and increase the rate of successful applications.
  • GE Aviation seeks partners with experience with thermoset resin flow to develop rheological measurements at up to 200 psia and 700 °F.
  • GE Aviation also seeks collaboration in developing high-temperature resins and resin transfer molding processes.

CSU serves as the marketing and outreach lead for OFRN’s commercialization efforts. Contact Jack Kraszewski for further information.


April 2017
 CSU Wins Ohio TVSF Funding

May 2016 Research Newsletter

Cleveland State received a Technology Validation Start-up Fund (TVSF) award from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, to accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of faculty innovations. CSU is partnering with Kent State University (KSU) to manage the TeCK Fund, which will provide faculty and startup companies from each university access to an $800,000 pool of funding that will assist with commercialization activities including creating prototypes and performing market research. The TeCK Fund fills a gap in support and funding for these activities, which are required to successfully spin off technologies. Faculty teams that complete the I-Corps @ Ohio training program will be prioritized for TVSF funding. For more information on the TeCK fund and commercialization resources available to CSU faculty, contact Jack Kraszewski.

 I-Corps @ Ohio Teams Selected

Three CSU research teams have been selected for Ohio’s focused entrepreneurial and commercialization training though the 2017 I-Corps @ Ohio Program, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education to advance the translation of fundamental research to commercial market. Each selected research team is provided $15,000 to participate in the seven-week training program to better understand the market for their technology and develop a commercialization strategy for their products. The three selected Cleveland State research projects are:

 Patent Filed for Prof. Kalafatis

A U.S. provisional patent application was filed March 15, 2017 for Dr. Michael Kalafatis’ invention titled Death Receptors Predict rhTRAIL-Sensitivity. Dr. Kalafatis is member of GRHD and a professor in the Department of Chemistry.

As an anti-cancer therapeutic, rhTRAIL holds great promise due to its selectivity for cancer cells. The invention is used to determine a patient’s susceptibility to rhTRAIL-based treatments, allowing a patient to be more appropriately placed in rhTRAIL clinical trials and improve rhTRAIL as an anti-cancer therapeutic. As a result, patients can receive potent anti-cancer therapy with reduced side effects.

 Patent Filed for Prof. Zhu

A U.S. provisional patent application was filed on April 3, 2017 for Dr. Ye Zhu, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The invention is titled Shoulder-Surfing Resistant Authentication Method, and the patent application is directed to protect a mobile phone user's login information from theft by a shoulder-surfing attacker.


March 2017
 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is currently processing a patent application submitted by Ye Zhu, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), for a novel login process using a 3D authentication method. Dr. Zhu’s invention, Authentication Method Using Interactive Three-Dimensional Environments, discloses methods in which a user interacts with virtual three-dimensional environments to authenticate themselves on a mobile device or similar electronic device.

 Patent Policy Under Trump

During an eventful start to the Trump administration, the question of how the government will address patent reform has gone largely unanswered. “Predicting Patent Policy Under the Trump Administration” by Mark Hannemann and colleagues at Shearman & Sterling, LLP, summarizes the on-going patent reform debate and speculates on future patent policy direction under the Trump administration. Additional viewpoints can be found in the article “Will the Trump Administration Be Pro Patent?” by Joseph Allen.


February 2017
 Healthcare Data Competition

Do you have a big idea for managing healthcare big data? The Medical Capital Innovation Competition is offering $100,000 in prizes for the best innovations in the collection, management, analysis, and optimization of healthcare big data. The most innovative ideas will receive meaningful funding, mentoring, and potential access to three world class healthcare systems and collaborators who can turn big ideas into new big business realities.

The Medical Capital Innovation Competition will be held April 25-26 at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation in the HIMSS Innovation Center. Professional and collegiate teams are encouraged to participate. The application deadline is March 31.

 CSU I-Corps Teams Progress

Three CSU teams have been selected to submit full proposals to participate in the next I-Corps @ Ohio cohort, including a first-of-its-kind team seeking to commercialize student-developed technology.

Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Wenbing Zhao, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, are each leading a team. Dr. Majid Rashidi, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the faculty lead for the team that is commercializing technology invented by undergraduate senior Kevin Calmer.


January 2017
 Patent Application Filed

U.S. Patent Application No. 15/344,886 was filed for Dr. Jerzy Sawicki's invention titled Active Radial Magnetic Bearing Phased Array. Dr. Sawicki is the Vice President for Research and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The invention improves rotordynamic controllability by providing the ability to electronically adjust the actuator-sensor configuration of a bearing array and is particularly well suited to flexible shaft designs.

 CSU Faculty Apply for I-Corps

Drs. Moo-Yeal Lee and Wenbing Zhao have each submitted an application to participate in the next I-Corps @ Ohio cohort. The program offers a $15K grant to successful applicants for entrepreneurial training and support to develop their technologies.

Dr. Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Zhao is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


December 2016
 I-Corps @ Ohio: Deadline January 10

The I-Corps @ Ohio program recently released the 2017 Request for Proposals, which can be viewed here. The program provides a $15K grant to aspiring entrepreneurial teams for training to better understand the market for their technology, develop a compelling commercialization strategy, and learn skills that will be useful for a long-term career in research and development. The deadline for applications is January 10.

Completion of the I-Corps @ Ohio program will also provide teams with priority status for TVSF funding. CSU has submitted a proposal for TVSF Phase 1: Track B funding which, if awarded, will be administered by the CSU TTO.

An informational webinar about the I-Corps @ Ohio program and application process is scheduled for December 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Please note that all I-Corps @ Ohio teams from CSU must be approved by the TTO. Contact Jack Kraszewski if you are interested in applying.

 Notice of Allowance

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has notified Cleveland State that the USPTO intends to issue a patent for the application titled Electrochemical System and Method Thereof. The technology was developed by Dr. Siu-Tung Yau, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the patent has been licensed for a limited field of use to ProteoSense, LLC to detect pathogens in the food supply chain.

 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

A provisional patent application has been filed for Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee's invention Pillar and Well Structures for Microarray 3D BioPrinting. Dr. Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.

The Copyright Review Committee approved the invention disclosure of Dr. Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement. The copyright will protect Dr. White's creative work and the underlying structure of his Career Lines assessment tool.


November 2016
 Industry Collaboration for Joint Patent

November 2016 Research Newsletter

The first CSU-Parker Hannifin joint patent application is being prepared for filing with the USPTO. Dr. Jerzy Sawicki and his doctoral student Curt Laubscher from the Department of Mechanical Engineering are the CSU inventors and Dr. Ryan Farris and Steven Etheridge are the Parker Hannifin inventors. The invention is titled Actuator for Powered Pediatric Lower Limb Orthosis, and the technology provides a lightweight and compact design with high efficiency and full-back drivability. It also affords quiet operation using toothed belt transmissions with adjustable belt tension.

 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is currently reviewing an invention disclosure for a new chip design to create miniaturized, layered human tissues on a pillar plate and well plate, submitted by assistant professor Moo-Yeal Lee in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Lee’s invention, Pillar and Well Structures for Microarray 3D BioPrinting, has been under development for over one year and is sponsored in part by the NIH and EPA.

 Third Frontier TVSF Deadline

The deadline to prepare an application for TVSF funding under the 2016 Round 13 RFP is December 15, 2016. The Ohio Third Frontier created the TVSF to support economic growth through start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed in Ohio's higher education and not-for-profit research institutions. Contact Jack Kraszewski if you intend to submit a TVSF proposal.


October 2016
 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is currently reviewing the invention disclosure for a secure mobile device connection technology submitted by associate professor Ye Zhu in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Zhu's invention, A Key Agreement Protocol for Wearable Devices, Medical Devices, and Mobile Devices, enables two or more wearable mobile devices to communicate and share data securely via a novel key agreement protocol. The technology has been under development for over one year in collaboration with faculty from Iowa State University.

Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF)

May 2016 Research Newsletter

Two faculty members, assistant professor Moo-Yeal Lee in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and associate professor Ye Zhu in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, are working with the TTO to prepare an application for TVSF funding.

Ohio Third Frontier created the TVSF to support economic growth through start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed in Ohio's higher education and not-for-profit research institutions. Proposal submissions for the 2016 Round 13 RFP are due December 15, 2016. Written questions regarding a submission must be received by Ohio Third Frontier by December 8, 2016.

Proposal submissions to TVSF must be coordinated with the TTO. The TTO can also provide assistance with proposal submissions. Please contact Jack Kraszewski if you intend to submit a TVSF proposal.


September 2016
 Patent Update

September 2016 Research Newsletter

A formal patent application titled Recombinant Prothrombin Analogues and Uses Thereof will be filed for Dr. Michael Kalafatis, member of GRHD and a professor in the Chemistry Department, for an antithrombotic agent. The invention includes a method of inhibiting coagulation in a subject who has, or is at risk of having, blood clots. The technology provides an anti-coagulant agent which inhibits blood clotting with greater specificity than current therapies without their side effects. The filing for Dr. Kalafatis' technology will claim priority to a US provisional patent that was filed by CSU and Dr. Kalafatis in 2015.

 Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF)

The TVSF has issued a 2016 request for proposals. Proposal submissions are due on December 15, and written questions may be submitted through December 8. The TVSF is designed to: (1) Support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance both their commercial viability and ability to support a start-up company; and (2) Support Ohio start-up and young companies that license these validated/proven technologies from Ohio research institutions. Proposal submissions must be coordinated with the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). The TTO can also provide assistance with proposal submissions. Please contact Jack Kraszewski if you intend to submit a proposal.


August 2016
 CSU's First I-Corps @ Ohio Graduates

Congratulations to the CSU team of associate professor Ye Zhu and doctoral candidate Jonathan Gurary in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), who recently completed the 2016 I-Corps @ Ohio program. The 2016 cohort comprised 20 university teams from across Ohio. The CSU team's mobile communication authentication technology, named MobiPass, has been funded by the National Science Foundation. The I-Corps @ Ohio curriculum is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurial teams understand the market for their technology, develop a compelling commercialization strategy, and attain new skills that will be useful for a long-term career in research and development.

 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

The TTO is currently working with Byron White, VP for University Engagement, on the submission of an invention disclosure for his Career Lines web tool that allows user to navigate the connection between academic majors and occupations. The technology has been under development for over one year and has received funding from various foundations, as well as the Ohio Department of Higher Education.


 July 2016
 Patent Application Filing

July 2016 Research Newsletter

Prof. Wenbing Zhao, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has filed a utility patent application titled "Systems and Methods for Privacy-Aware Motion Tracking with Notification Feedback." The patent application is directed to systems and methods of using motion sensors, wearable devices, and smart phones for human motion tracking with real-time feedback. The research that led to the patent application was supported in part by the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation (BWC).

 Invention Disclosure Pipeline

The TTO is working with Prof. Antonie van den Bogert, who is a Parker Hannifin Endowed Chair and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), to submit an invention disclosure for an electroactive polymer strain sensor for the prevention of injuries in athletic settings. Prof. van den Bogert and his student team won the top prize in the Stretch Your Mind Engineering Challenge, which was sponsored by the Parker Hannifin Coration. The TTO is also considering an invention disclosure for Prof. Chansu Yu, the chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), for an improved process to tether GPS services and mobile devices.


 June 2016
 New Protection for Trade Secrets

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama signed into law in May. The DTSA extends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), which criminalizes trade secret thefts, to the civil arena. Trade secret owners can now file trade secret theft suits in federal district courts without resorting to another basis for jurisdiction, such as the ill-fitting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This article highlights five important things to know about the DTSA.

 Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) RFP Deadline Approaching

The Ohio Third Frontier through the TVSF recently released its first 2016 RFP. The TVSF has been designed to: (1) Support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need validation and proof that will directly impact and enhance their commercial viability and their ability to support a start-up company; and (2) Support Ohio start-up and young companies that license these validated and proven technologies from Ohio research institutions. Please contact Jack Kraszewski of the TTO if you intend to submit a proposal.


 May 2016
 CSU's First I-Corps @ Ohio Participants

I-Corps

The CSU Team of associate professor Ye Zhu and doctoral candidate Jonathan Gurary in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, along with executive mentor Aaron Bates, was selected as one of 20 teams to participate in the 2016 I-Corps @ Ohio cohort. Their mobile communication authentication technology has been funded by the National Science Foundation. The I-Corps @ Ohio curriculum is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurial teams understand the market for their technology, develop a compelling commercialization strategy, and attain new skills that will be useful for a long-term career in research and development.

 Prof. Chansu Yu Obtains Patent

May 2016 Research Newsletter

The Korean Intellectual Property Office has granted a patent to Prof. Chansu Yu, Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, titled Method for Tethering of Terminal and Apparatus Therefor. The patent was filed in conjunction with inventors from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.

 Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF)

May 2016 Research Newsletter

The Ohio Third Frontier through the TVSF has recently released its first 2016 RFP. The TVSF is designed to: (1) Support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need validation and proof that will directly impact and enhance their commercial viability and their ability to support a start-up company; and (2) Support Ohio start-up and young companies that license these validated and proven technologies from Ohio research institutions. Please contact Jack Kraszewski of the CSU TTO if you intend to submit a proposal.


 April 2016
License Agreement between CSU and ProteoSense, LLC

CSU has entered into a license agreement on behalf of Prof. Siu-Tung Yau in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with ProteoSense, a Columbus, Ohio company focused on rapid food-borne pathogen detection. The CSU-ProteoSense license involves Prof. Yau's U.S. Patent No. 8,585,879 and his expertise in exchange for royalties, equity, licensing fees, and partial reimbursement of patent expenses. Prof. Yau and ProteoSense are working together to apply his technology.

Invacare-Sponsored Research Results

Invacare has a long-standing research relationship with Prof. Orhan Talu and Prof. Sridhar Ungarala in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Their research has resulted in the submission of an invention disclosure to Invacare. The invention involves a prototype developed by Prof. Talu and Prof. Ungarala for a portable oxygen concentrator that will transform oxygen therapy products for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects 12.7 million adults in the U.S.

Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) RFP

The Ohio Third Frontier through the TVSF has recently released its first RFP of 2016. The TVSF is designed to: (1) Support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need validation to impact and enhance their commercial viability and their ability to support a start-up company; and (2) Support Ohio start-up and other young companies that license these validated technologies from Ohio research institutions. Prospective applicants are required to contact Jack Kraszewski of the TTO.


 March 2016
 Patent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,268,315 B2 to CSU for Prof. Zhiqiang Gao's invention, "Extended Active Disturbance Rejection Controller." Prof. Gao's motion control technology has applications in multiple fields, including motor control and factory automation. This patent is part of the intellectual property portfolio that CSU has licensed to LineStream Technologies.

 I-Corps @ Ohio Update

Prof. Ye Zhu, who is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his doctoral student Jonathan Gurary, have received an invitation to submit a full proposal to the I-Corps @ Ohio program. This is the first I-Corps @ Ohio invitation to CSU faculty. Prof. Zhu's proposal aims to provide novel, highly secure, but user-friendly log-in screens for mobile phones. The NSF-based I-Corps @ Ohio program provides hands-on training to Ohio faculty and students in the lean launchpad® methodology.

 Federal Research Network

The Federal Research Network, for which CSU is providing commercialization and workforce development services, has issued a call for white papers for $8.1M of phase 2 funding. One project requirement is to include collaboration with researchers from Ohio federal research laboratories, such as NASA Glenn Research Center or the Air Force Research Laboratory. White paper submissions are due March 31, 2016. Interested faculty should contact Jack Kraszewski of the TTO for further information and for a copy of the call for white paper materials.


 February 2016
 Lee Patent Filing

A U.S. provisional patent application titled "3d-Printed Miniature Biological Constructs" was filed by CSU on behalf of Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee from the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. The invention claims to develop new biological constructs that are highly automatable, and to provide for high-throughput microarray screening platforms, instruments, and devices that can be used for biochemical and cell-based assays to assess human metabolism and toxicology. The technology is also the subject of a NIH R01 proposal that was submitted in October 2015.

 Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Update

CSU has entered into a three-party MTA with Eli-Lily and the FDA on behalf of Dr. Anton Komar from the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), and the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES). The MTA will allow Dr. Komar to investigate potential impact of synonymous mutations on a structure and function of the Eli-Lilly model monoclonal antibody.

CSU has entered into an MTA with Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) on behalf of Dr. Yana Sandlers from the Department of Chemistry. The MTA will permit Dr. Sandlers to research pluripotent stem cells provided by BCH.

 Start-Up Companies

Dr. Ye Zhu from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is leading the first team from CSU to register for the I-Corps @ Ohio program. Dr. Zhu's executive summary will be reviewed by program leaders, and if approved, a full response to the RFP will be requested. In addition to receiving an award of $15,000, I-Corps @ Ohio teams develop scalable business models that attract seed, angel, and venture funding to support company formation and market entry.


 January 2016
 Gao Patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance to Prof. Zhiqiang Gao for his patent application, which is entitled "Extended Active Disturbance Rejection Controller." Prof. Gao's motion control technology has applications in multiple fields, including motor control and factory automation. The patent is part of the intellectual property licensed to LineStream Technologies.

 Technology Validation Start-up Fund (TVSF) of the Ohio Third Frontier

The purpose of the TVSF is to support economic development by funding Technology Transfer Office (TTO) submissions for commercial validation activities, and by providing early-stage funding for start-up or young companies. Phase 1 awards are up to $50,000 and require a one-to-one cost-share commitment from the University. Phase 2 awards are up to $150,000 for a start-up or young company that licenses University technology. The TTO has submitted the requisite qualification document which will allow the TTO to submit proposals on behalf of CSU faculty.

 Start-Up Companies

I-Corps @ Ohio is offered on a competitive basis to evaluate the commercial potential of the innovations of faculty and graduate students. In addition to receiving an award of $15,000, I-Corps @ Ohio teams will develop scalable business models to attract seed, angel, and venture funding to support company formation and market entry. Team registration and executive summary submissions will be accepted from January 4th through February 7th. Applicants will then be selected to submit a formal proposal. For additional information please review the recently released RFP or contact the TTO.


For news prior to 2016, please visit the Office of Research newsletter archive.