Transitioning TechnologyIn all our areas of expertise, Draper remains committed to our mission of providing solutions to the nation’s most important and challenging technical problems. Often the best way to fulfill this commitment, is to transition our relevant technology to the appropriate government or commercial sponsor. Transferring complete technology packages to our sponsors helps ensure that our technology gets deployed into operational use successfully, and our experience shows that providing support throughout the transition until end-users have a complete understanding of a technology and its capabilities, further contributes to mission success.
Most often, we transfer technology ownership to the government. However, when appropriate, Draper encourages and supports licensing our technologies to commercial companies for mass production of this type of successful tech transfer include:
Honeywell: License of MEMS inertial technologyIn the mid 1990’s Draper licensed MEMS-based gyro and accelerometer technology to Rockwell Collins. The license eventually transferred to Honeywell in 2004, and the company continues to sell the Draper-designed gyro as part of its commercially available product line. At the time of licensing it was the highest performing gyro technology available and continues to be one of the best quality gyros on the market. This transition included significant support to Honeywell from Draper staff to enable them to produce the device successfully.
Sionex: Differential Ion Mobility SpectrometerIn 2003, a Draper-developed differential ion mobility spectrometer successfully transitioned through Sionex, a start-up company founded by Draper employees. The field asymmetric ion mobility spectromter (FAIMS) sensor is a MEMS-based device that can be used for detecting minute quantities of a wide range of explosives and other chemical and biological agents. The sensor has been integrated into several commercial products that are in operational use for applications ranging from laboratory instruments to airport security screening.
Bioscale, Inc.: Micro-CANARYDraper’s µCanary is a resonance-based surface-binding chem-bio detector that was licensed to Bioscale, Inc. Bioscale uses the device in products related to water purity detection and food safety applications.
Auspice, Inc.: Timeliner SoftwareDraper’s Timeliner product is a software program that uses a natural language input for complex scheduling tasks. Originally designed by Draper for space applications, it was licensed to Auspice, Inc., in 2001. Its applications have ranged from government program planning to scheduling activities on the International Space Station, and in complex commercial communications centers. The software has a very broad range of potential applications. Auspice was recently purchased by Arris, Inc.