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Nanotechnology Commercialization Group

Many of the nanotechnology inventions submitted to the Nanocommercialization Group (NCG) may be at too early a stage for licensing or investment consideration.

With that in mind, the Program to Support Translational Research (PSTR) fund provides financial support to characterize, advance the development, demonstrate the commercial potential of, or otherwise increase the commercial value of such inventions.

To be considered for funding, the intellectual property must be approved by the NCG. Consideration for funding is based on assessment of the following:

  • Commercial potential
  • Technical merit
  • Patent protection
  • Likelihood of achieving objectives with the resources provided
  • Ability of the funded studies to add significant value to the technology and/or to significantly improve its attractiveness for licensing or investment

Click here for information about IP and Licensing through the NCG.

For more information, contact:

Erli Chen, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Director, Nanotechnology Commercialization Group
chen@ctt.upenn.edu
(215) 898-9272

The Promise of Nanotechnology

“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg.  How consumers respond to these early products — in food, electronics, health care, clothing and cars — will be a litmus test for broader market acceptance of nanotechnologies in the future.”

–Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars