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Technology Transfer

Everything starts with the inventors working in labs, clinics, greenhouses, offices and classrooms throughout UT. From our offices in Knoxville and Memphis, the UT Research Foundation (UTRF) serves as a bridge between these researchers and industry, entrepreneurs and investors. UTRF facilitates the transfer of inventions to the private sector, providing public benefit of new products which are the result of academic-research funding. This creates new jobs and new companies that boost the economy, and it also produces income for the inventors and the university.

The UTRF Office of Technology Transfer

Welch Allyn Acquires UTRF Startup Hubble Telemedical to Combat Diabetic Retinopathy

KNOXVILLE – Welch Allyn, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Hubble Telemedical, Inc., a privately held health care company founded by UT Health Science Center researcher Edward Chaum and ORNL researcher Kenneth Tobin, who developed a way to provide remote diabetic retinopathy screening and analysis in primary care doctors’ offices and other convenient settings.

Chaum, Plough Foundation Professor of Retinal Diseases and the acting director of research for the UTHSC Hamilton Eye Institute, and Tobin, director and a corporate research fellow of the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division at ORNL, worked together on the technology to help save the sight of diabetic patients, particularly those with low incomes and a lack of access to regular vision screenings. READ MORE»

Mark Dean and Duane Miller Elected as Fellows to
the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Duane Miller, Van Vleet Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the UT Health Science Center, and Mark Dean, Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT Knoxville, were announced as fellows of the academy today. Both fellows have been working through the UT Research Foundation to protect and promote their discoveries. READ MORE»