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Ohio University recognizes the faculty, staff and student inventors of 2016

From staff reports | Feb 14, 2017
Distinguished Professor Tadeusz Malinski was one of 11 Ohio University faculty members recognized for receiving U.S. patents in 2016. President Roderick McDavis presented each patent holder with a plaque.
Distinguished Professor Tadeusz Malinski was one of 11 Ohio University faculty members recognized for receiving U.S. patents in 2016. President Roderick McDavis presented each patent holder with a plaque. Photo credit: Kaitlin Owens/Ohio University.

Ohio University honored 75 faculty, staff and student inventors for work in areas ranging from wound healing to superconductors during an awards ceremony Feb. 8.

The Inventors Dinner recognized individuals who had received a patent, filed for a patent or disclosed a new invention through the university’s Technology Transfer Office, which is charged with protecting intellectual property and commercializing innovations developed by the faculty and research staff.

Ohio University has a successful track record in commercializing technologies. The university ranks first among public Ohio higher education institutions for research licensing revenue, with faculty inventions generating $10.6 million during fiscal year 2015, according to a report from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

“Ohio University is committed to fostering innovation and working closely with our scholars to move new knowledge from the institution to the general public. The Inventors Dinner provides a forum for the university to recognize the successes of our faculty, staff and students in developing creative solutions to real-world problems,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College.

In addition, the 2016 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship was awarded to alumnus Jake Sigal ( read related story ). As Sigal was unable to attend the event, his wife, OHIO alumna Abbee Sigal, and family members accepted the award on his behalf.

inventors dinner group pic

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, far left, and Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Joseph Shields, far right, present the 2016 Konneker Medal to the family of Jake Sigal. From left to right, father-in-law Chris Hilyard, parents Reta and Bernie Sigal, and wife Abbee Sigal. Credit: Kaitlin Owens/Ohio University.

Ohio University received the following U.S. patents for inventions in 2016:

  1. “Terrestrial Positioning and Timing System,” Chris Bartone (Russ College of Engineering and Technology). This invention is a ground-based terrestrial positioning and timing system for use in situations when a global navigational satellite system such as the Global Position System (GPS) is not available. It also could be used for precision navigation in future autonomous vehicles.

  2. “A Versatile Ambient Ionization-Based Interface For LC/MS,” Hao Chen (College of Arts and Sciences). This device allows for the coupling of two common research laboratory techniques, liquid chromatography (LC), which is a means for separating the components of a mixture in a sample, and mass spectrometry (MS), a means for determining the actual chemical components of the separated sample. A big advantage of the technology is the possibility of real-time analysis of samples.

  3. “Engineering of an Ultra-Thin Molecular Superconductor By Charge Transfer,” Saw Hla (College of Arts and Sciences). This new form of superconductor is capable of forming a wire only one molecule thick. It has the potential to improve many existing electronic devices and could someday be used in quantum computers.

  4. “Use of Phenylmethimazoles, Methimazole Derivatives and Tautomeric Cyclic Thiones for the Treatment of Autoimmune/Inflammatory Diseases Associated with Toll-like Receptor Overexpression,” Douglas Goetz (Russ College of Engineering and Technology), Ramiro Malgor, Frank Schwartz and Kelly McCall (Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine). Disclosed in this patent is a compound for treatment or prevention of septic shock, sepsis or toxic shock syndrome in horses.     

  5. “Systems and Methods for Promoting Wound Healing,” Tadeusz Malinski (College of Arts and Sciences). Disclosed in this patent is a system capable of delivering different therapeutic gases to a wound site to promote wound healing.

  6. “Device and Method for Monitoring Interaction Between a Fluid and a Wall,” Srdjan Nesic (Russ College of Engineering and Technology). This patent describes a new type of sensor that may be mounted inside a pipe, pipeline or storage tank to monitor the mechanical characteristics of the material in contact with the fluid. By monitoring these characteristics, the sensor can detect potential corrosion, erosion, scaling and/or oxidation to the surface of the pipe or container structure.

  7. “Security System for Underground Conduit,” Shad Sargand and Gayle Mitchell (Russ College of Engineering and Technology). This system of underground cable is placed around pipelines and other important underground structures in order to monitor for disturbances such as unauthorized excavation and potential terrorist activity.

Joe Shields at Inventors Dinner

Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Joseph Shields addresses inventors and guests at the Feb. 8 event held at the Ohio University Inn. Photo: Kaitlin Owens/Ohio University.

In addition, Ohio University faculty, students and staff who filed for patents or disclosed inventions to the university in 2016, as well as faculty members of the National Academy of Inventors, were recognized at the dinner.

Invention disclosure is the first step in the technology commercialization process. Technology Transfer Office staff review these disclosures to determine if the intellectual property can be patented and licensed for commercial use. If so, the office files for domestic and foreign patent protection as appropriate, and works with inventors to identify licensing opportunities that can develop the technologies into useful products for the marketplace.

In addition, the Technology Transfer Office works closely with the university’s high-tech business incubator, the Innovation Center, and its state-sponsored Entrepreneurial Signature Program, TechGROWTH Ohio, to connect inventors to business coaches and sources of seed funding that can help them launch startup companies if appropriate.

For more information about the Ohio University Technology Transfer Office, visit www.ohio.edu/research/tto.