July 20-21, 2017 – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
For the third year, WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics is holdings it annual Forum to highlight marine robotics-related entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies at a Technology Showcase (7/20) and a discussion-based Leadership Forum (7/21). There is plenty of networking time spread throughout the two days. This year during the Forum, we are opening DunkWorks, our new rapid prototyping center and additive manufacturing facility with a visit by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on the morning of 7/21. The Forum sells out every year. Join us!
More information and the registration link can be found at: www.whoi.edu/marinerobotics
The TechNET Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available on our News & Events Page. Stay informed on OTT happenings including new technologies, events & projects as well as licensing and patent news.
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OTT is looking for experienced business professionals to help mentor WHOI Scientists and Engineers.
Each September OTT hosts a Shark Tank competition – also called the Translational Research Funding Program (TRFP). The objective of the TRFP is to provide internal funding for the production of commercial prototypes for gathering market relevant data for commercially promising technologies. Applicants are required to make a pitch on their technology to a panel of experienced business professionals, and the winning team is awarded money to advance their technology. Awardees must meet their promised milestones in order to be eligible to apply again the following year.
Our experience in the last two years has indicated Shark Tank applicants could benefit from a better understanding of the value proposition and market opportunity associated with their technology. In order to improve the competitiveness of every pitch – OTT will be revising the application process for 2017. Under the new procedure, Inventors will need to submit a preliminary checklist application form well in advance of the final deadline. The checklist will be used to match applicants with Mentors and to help assess market potential. Applicants will be provided with a template for their pitch presentation, and Mentors are expected to assist with basic market research for their technology, and to polish the pitch.
OTT Mentors Rusty Warren and Stan Kovall are coordinating the Shark Tank 2017 process revision and are currently looking for Mentors interested in assisting with pitch presentations & market research. Volunteers will need to be registered Mentors & Champions via our website and have provided an up-to-date resume. Interested Mentors will be required to attend a Mentor training session where we will go over the TRFP, as well as help Mentors to better understand WHOI’s unique culture.
If you are interested please register to be a mentor via the online form.
If you are already a registered Mentor – no need to re-apply- we have your resume on file. Feel free to send a brief email to email@example.com stating your specific interest in the Shark Tank.
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A new Oceanus article discusses a mooring that utilizes EOM Offshore’s Stretch Hose Technology to detect endangered whales in the busy shipping lanes of New York Harbor.
To learn more about the technology, check out a recent article published in Wave and Tidal Energy Network on Electromechanical Mooring Stretch Hoses and head over to EOM Offshore’s website for information on their mooring components.
Engineers at WHOI have spent the last 20 years developing highly compliant, fatigue-resistant mooring elements for power and data transmission –from surface to seafloor, in order to meet the challenging requirements for ocean systems. EOM Offshore (EOM) is a startup company founded in 2009 to commercialize key specialized mooring technologies resulting from that work, and remains the exclusive licensed distributor for patented stretch hose technology. Wave and Tidal Energy Network recently featured some current projects utilizing EOM’s Stretch Hose, as well as some advancements to the technology now in the pipeline.
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Biological Oxygen Demand as an indicator of the metabolic state of an organism, is of particular interest in many oceanographic studies, and can benefit from in situ measurement. PHORCYS is a semi-autonomous submersible sensor system which passively samples the water column in situ. The sensor performs real time, direct oxygen consumption measurements for quick turn-around.
Find PHORCYS under licensing opportunies here
Oceanus recently published an article on Jim Partan and Keenan Ball’s On-Call Buoy, a technology designed to prevent marine mammal entanglement in fishing lines. Ball and Partan are working with the Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) to patent the “On-Call” buoy and OTT has filed a provisional application. Learn more about the need for this technology and its ongoing development on the Oceanus site