INSIDE the LAB Newsletter | Issue No. 1 
February 10, 2016

Welcome to the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate's first edition of "Inside the Lab" newsletter. This is the start of something truly exciting! You have all heard about the great progress we’ve made in our technology transfer (T2) programs, and especially The Commercialization Academy. We are leading the way for all of the AFRL Directorates and are getting noticed by other Department of Defense (DoD) organizations. You might be asking: “So what does that have to do with me?” Well, the answer is multi-facetted, and it has a lot to do with you. 

First, YOU are the inventor, the mad scientist, the innovator, and without you we have nothing to transfer to the private sector. Why the private sector and not the warfighter? It’s for both! Often, the technology you’ve worked so hard on is only partially developed. It’s not ready to be inserted into the warfighter’s hands and so what happens? It sits on the shelf, lonely, abandoned, and probably in a state of depression. Pretty sad actually. Technology transfer breathes new life into your IP and some enterprising startup or large business can take it to new levels, productize it, and bring it to market. What’s so great about that? The DoD can buy it back and insert it directly into the warfighter’s hands! So you see, it’s all like a big circle of life for our IP (I could burst into song right now, but my kids hate it when I sing so…).
Second, T2 is part of our job as civilian employees. It is directed from the Commander in Chief and detailed in our Air Force Policy Directives. For many decades our government has been stressing the need for technology transfer to the private sector because the IP is developed using taxpayer money. Bringing these innovations to the private sector builds new businesses, creates jobs, and bolsters the economy. A strong American economy equates to a strong American defense. Recently, T2 has been getting even more attention from our leaders, including our new Executive Director, Mr. Doug Ebersole, who will be visiting us during our spring Commercialization Academy Demo Day in May 2016.
There are many more benefits that I outlined at our first Information Session a few weeks ago. If you missed it, not to worry, we will be having more throughout the year. We have big plans to grow our T2 programs and want you to be a part of it. So get involved and let’s create something awesome in Rome, New York! 

“Create the Awe!”TM

Brian Abbe, ORTA

- Brian Abbe, ORTA, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate
Wasabi Ventures and The Commercialization Academy Announces New Cohort in 2016 
Twelve technology transfer teams are being incubated while building their startups around Department of Defense (DoD) intellectual property (IP) from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) in Rome, New York. 

These are the teams in the Spring 2016 Commercialization Academy Cohort and the Department of Defense's intellectual property they're utilizing to create thriving startups:

Veterinary telemedicine platform connecting pet owners with veterinarians and animal therapists via video chat on their smartphones.
  • Inventors: Stanley Borek/RIGC and Nicholas G. Bourbakis
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for separating text from images (US 7082219 B2)
To remove passwords and password maintenance, Login With You utilizes biometric security to log you into your social accounts using device, facial, voice, or fingerprint recognition.
  • Inventors: Stanley Borek/RIGC and Nicholas G. Bourbakis
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for separating text from images (US 7082219 B2) 
  • Inventors: Stanley Wenndt/RIGC and Edward J. Cupples
    • Lab IP: Classifying whispered speech (US 7577564 B2)
  • Inventors: Stanley Wenndt/RIGC, Brett Smolenski, Robert Yantorno, and Daniel Benincasa
    • Lab IP: Speaker identification by determining usable speech (US 7177808 B2)
This web-based data collection, aggregation, and reporting service for home buyers and sellers models and generates a home's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), including the cost of utilities.
  • Inventors: Douglas Boulware/RIEA, John Myers/RISC, John Salerno/RIED, David Couzelis, and Carmen Malagisi
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for improved internet searching (US 7024405 B2)
Voice Twist
Using encryption in real time, Voice Twist aims to solve the problem of insecure transmission and storage of voice communication.   
  • Inventors: Stanley Wenndt/RIGC, Darren Haddad/RIGC, and Kaliappan Gopalan 
    • Lab IP: Steganographic method for covert audio communications (US 7231271 B2)
A cybersecurity solution that removes the possibility of browser-based malware threats and ensures online privacy. The desktop applications runs in the background without the user's knowledge.  
  • Inventor: Frank Born/RIGA
    • Lab IP: Transformative rendering of internet resources (US 8307436 B2)
A software platform that is the SnapChat for engineers. GeoPixi's crowd-sourcing photo recognition app places the power of photos and geolocation into a comprehensive Fixed Asset Inventory Management System (FAIMS).  
  • Inventors: Stanley Borek/RIGC and Nicholas G. Bourbakis
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for separating text from images (US 7082219 B2)
A cloud-based platform that allows industrial operators to collect millions of data points from sensors, machines, and operations to provide real-time information about their processes.
  • Inventors: Misty Blowers/RIGB and Chad Salisbury/RISB
    • Lab IP: A computer algorithm that is able to take historical source data to refine boundary conditions in current processes. In industrial process settings, this means optimizing sensor bounds to help reduce false positives and false negatives, thus reducing downtime and failures in industrial facilities. (US 8732100 B2) 
Human Elements
Through its data analytics software, Human Elements offers a unique database and analytics capacity to their customers that enables them to correlate critical human factors with operational requirements to improve systems, training, and team composition. 
  • Inventors: Misty Blowers/RIGB and Chad Salisbury/RISB
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for event detection permitting per event adjustment of false alarm rate (US 8732100)
Platform for universities, in which students can upload and share documents, including homework, class notes, and tests, for monetary rewards.   
  • Inventors: Stanley Borek/RIGC and Nicholas G. Bourbakis
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for removing redundant information from digital documents (US 7017113 B2) 
CFO Technology
CFO Technology Corporation, a true interactive 3D business intelligence and simulation platform (or game) for business made possible by merging virtual reality and artificial intelligence technologies.  
  • Inventor: Michael McCarthy Jr.
    • Lab IP:  Business Intelligence and Visual Correlation of Data (US 7788146 B)
Targeting the pulp and paper industry, D2K TEK's software learns process behaviors and incorporates temporal changes in operating conditions and environments to minimize the number of false alarms. Analysts can quickly discover behaviors of interest in the manufacturing environment and adjust the sensitivity for lower priority events. 
  • Inventors: Misty Blowers/RIGB and Chad SalisburyChad Salisbury/RISB 
    • Lab IPMethod and Apparatus for Event Detection Permitting per Event Adjustment of False Alarm Rate (US 8732100)
Clayton Enterprises
Aiming to streamline the mobile capture process, Clayton Enterprises is creating an app that allows smartphones to become better document input devices and reduces the amount of steps involved.  
  • Inventors: Sterling Lapinski and Deirdre Alphenaar
    • Lab IP:  Image distribution and compression (US 7581028 B2)
  •  Inventors: Stanley Borek/RIGC and Nicholas G. Bourbakis
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for removing redundant information from digital documents (US 7017113 B2) 
    • Lab IP: Method and apparatus for separating text from images (US 7082219 B2)

The Commercialization Academy Process

Commercialization Academy Stage 1
Stage 1 is very focused on identifying researchers who have innovative ideas that not only meet the needs of the primary customer, the US Air Force, but also have the potential to meet needs in the commercial sector. Griffiss Institute (GI), teamed with Wasabi Ventures, has established multiple methods, such as this newsletter, GI's website, and Innovation Discovery Events. After we assist the lab researchers in identifying unique, innovative ideas, we provide assistance in the patent process to protect the researchers' intellectual property.
Commercialization Academy Stage 2
 When a provisional patent number has been assigned, that intellectual property then becomes a candidate for The Commercialization Academy, which is executed by Wasabi Ventures.
Commercialization Academy Stage 3Office Hour Sessions are conducted by Wasabi Ventures' TK Kuegler and Chris Yeh.
Commercialization Academy Stage 4Wasabi Ventures specializes in working with tech transfer and commercialization partners to validate and expand the Proof-of-Concept and extend the range of market applications that intellectual property may be well suited for. The venture capital firm's proven experience finding, forming, educating, and incubating early-stage management teams, paired with partner’s technologies, can dramatically increase the rate of licensure, new venture formation, and the likelihood of new ventures succeeding.

Interested in Commercializing Your Lab IP?
See what these S&Es have to say about working with 
The Commercialization Academy!

S&E Poster Campaign
Support for Scientists & Engineers 
  • Brian Abbe, ORTA – Cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), EPAs, CTAs, etc.
  • Interface between Cohorts – Licensing – IP Events
  • Wasabi Ventures – IP harvesting – “Inside AFRL” events – The Commercialization Academy
  • Legal – We have our own patent attorney
  • Griffiss Institute | TechLink | NYSTEC Provides support in all areas

Discover Patent and Commercialization Opportunities at the Next Innovation Discovery Event on April 13, 2016
                                                 IDE 4.13.16

The objective of the Innovation Discovery Event is to identify technologies being developed at AFRL/RI that are potentially patentable and commercially viable, to increase understanding of the commercialization opportunities that can result from technology transfer of those technologies, to increase awareness within AFRL/RI of the value of intellectual property protection, and document the undisclosed inventions occurring at AFRL/RI. Contact Dan Fayette at The GI for more information.
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