Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder, insect-resistant crops, the ability to pinpoint radiation sources in real time, and improved treatment of age-related macular degeneration are among the recipients of this year’s maturation funding from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. Technologies invented at the University of Tennessee, like the majority of university discoveries, typically require additional development to attract commercial interest. UTRF awards grants each year through its annual maturation funding program to help researchers advance new technologies on the path to market.
Five University of Tennessee researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.
Technology that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top 10 innovations of 2013. It’s also a University of Tennessee technology and licensed by a Knoxville-based startup company.
Treatment for age-related macular degeneration, technology to alert nurses when a newborn patient’s endotracheal tube tip is out of position and a sensor to check for contaminates in jet fuel are among the recipients of funding from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.
Not all new technologies created by University of Tennessee researchers are ready for the marketplace. To help inventors get their products closer to licensing and commercialization, the UT Research Foundation awards grants each year through its annual maturation funding program.