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Generating Products from a Sea of Ideas 

The Office for Technology Transfer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is committed to amplifying the impact of WHOI innovations through technology advancement and successful licensing. Through strategic collaborations with industry and academic partners - WHOI aims to move technologies from lab to marketplace.



Browse innovative WHOI technologies & licensing opportunities below or contact the Office for Technology Transfer to discuss other opportunities to help transition WHOI technologies to the marketplace.

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Vehicles and Marine Robotics

Equipment and Hardware

Profilers and Tethers

Thrusters and Propulsion Systems

Marine Sensors

Environmental Monitoring


Natural Products

Therapeutic Agents


Asymmetric Thruster

In 2017, WHOI engineers Jeff Kaeli and Robin Littlefield entered the WHOI Office for Technology Transfer Pitchathon, intending to win translational funds to advance what was then just an idea, the Asymmetric Thruster. This novel propulsion system, now a patented and demonstrated technology, produces forward thrust - as with a traditional multi-bladed propeller - but what is unique about the Asymmetric Thruster is that it also allows you to steer without any additional control surfaces. By altering the speed of rotation within a single revolution using just a single blade - the Asymmetric Thruster both propels and maneuvers. The simplified design, eliminating the need for fins, rudders, and additional motors, reduces weight, drag, and cost. Two years later, the team licensed this innovative technology, launched a startup company: ARMADA Marine Robotics, Inc., and are now looking to revolutionize marine submersibles.

A History of Impact in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Startups Launched
New Innovations since 2015
$ million +
in licensing revenues since 2015