The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) patented an innovative lighting system for encapsulated luminous material, based on the concept of fluorescent lighting. The lighting system is capable of functioning even if a section is broken, which fluorescent bulbs cannot do. In addition, the system is more energy efficient than other designs, by up to fifty percent. The concept required further development, including analysis of materials and methods for commercialization, and the F3 Innovations E-Team signed a licensing agreement with ORNL to continue work on the technology. The team targeted a number of specific areas within the lighting market for this technology, specifically automobile signals, interior/exterior architectural lighting, and commercial signage. The E-Team consisted of several engineering graduate students working with engineering and business faculty and the Senior Development Staff Member at ORN.
Nanometrix, Inc. was formed to capitalize on a substantial opportunity from a groundbreaking patent-pending technology developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Nanometrix has secured an option on the exclusive license to the Molecular Comb, a revolutionary microfluidics technology that can separate virtually any chemical for laboratory or field analysis. The Molecular Comb is a miniaturized chip-based platform technology with numerous potential applications that include environmental monitoring, immunodiagnostics, and DNA and protein screening. The Molecular Comb is a novel method for the separation of molecules and has many potential advantages over existing art including increased accuracy and discrimination; decreased costs; increased throughput; and reduced size, power requirements, and heat generation.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2001 - $13,500
The IdentiChem E-Team formed in a course called "Technopreneurial Leadership" taught by Dr. Lee Martin at the University of Tennessee. While researching a proposal for the US Food and Drug Administration, the team determined that polyamines, istamine, putrescine, and cadaverine are all indicators of tissue breakdown and can be monitored using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Their device provided near-time results for a problem that has been estimated to cause as many as 33,000 annual cases of illness from seafood in the US.
The E-Team consisted of four MBA students with backgrounds in engineering and medicine. They targeted sales to the seafood industry as a faster and more cost effective measurement tool.