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Technologies Available for License, R&D Collaboration

If you have any interest in one of UMSL's featured technologies (listed below) for commercializaiton or collaboration or would like to find out about other discoveries and innovations from UMSL researchers, contact Tamara Wilgers, Director, Technology Commercialization ( or 314-516-6884).

Note: The listing below offers information on the technologies in various formats: 1) a brief written summary, 2) a link to a PDF summary, 3) a link to a published patent application, etc.; however, not all technologies listed have information in all of the mentioned formats. 

Ref #15UMS001/010: Modifying the Root Architecture of Plants for Better Tolerance of Drought, Flood, Cold, etc.

UMSL researchers have discovered and validated the role of hydraphile and lariat ether synthetic ion channels in altering the root architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana plant model system. This technology involves altering the root morphology of a plant by adding synthetic amphiphiles Synthetic Anion Transporters (SATs) to a plant’s growth media at defined concentrations. Some of the specific concentrations may lead to decreased primary root length and/or increased lateral root density in targeted plants whereas a higher concentration may possibly inhibit the growth. The key advantage of this technology is that it allows selective modifications in root architecture of plant (decrease in primary root length, increase in lateral root density) by changing structure of responsible SATs. The change in concentration of hydraphiles and lariat ethers gives this flexibility. At low concentrations, high lateral root density can be achieved which allows better nutrient absorption and can be used in salt, drought, flood and cold tolerant conditions. The high concentration inhibits root development and toxicity effects come into play but offering the potential to be used as herbicide. U.S. Patent Publication No. 20180077933

Ref #13UMS006: Increasing the Content of Long Chain Fatty Acids in Seed Oil

An effective biotechnological tool to significantly increase plant yield, including oil, and the amount of high value long chain fatty acids in agricultural and horticultural crops, especially oilseed crops. Download PDF Summary | U.S. Patent Publication No. 20160083741

Ref #18UMS003: Credit Coin – Secure Resource Management Using Blockchain and Smart Contracts for Edge IoT Systems 

This innovative technology seeks to address this security gap in a scalable manner by leveraging proven, industrial-grade technologies such as blockchain, which provides a secure means of protecting data that is also extremely flexible, and smart contracts. It proposes an Edge–Chain framework that enables easy integration of security-related features into IoT devices. IP Protection: Two Provisional Patent Applications have been filed (April 13, 2018; June 07, 2018) | Download PDF Summary

Ref #14UMS005: Enhancing Antibiotic Efficacy

(info coming soon)

Ref #14UMS004: Fluorescent Labeled Lipase Inhibitors
Powerful lipase inhibitors from enolphosphonate and enolphosphate families that show promising anti-tuberculoses activities on M. tb with no cytotoxicity effects. Additionally, fluorescently labeled compounds were shown to easily identify mycobacterial proteins that react with the inhibitors.
Ref #05UMS031: Quantitative Three Dot Test (Q3D)

A device to detect amblyopia (or "lazy eye") in children early enough to make treatment possible. Download PDF information packet.

Ref #16UMS003: Multichannel Ultra-Sensitive Optical Spectroscopic Detection System
Ref #10UMS002: Internal/External Optical Adapter with Biased Photodiodes for FTIR Spectrophotometer

(information coming soon)

Ref #12UMS004-007: Compounds with Favorable Photoluminescent Properties for Diverse Solid-State Applications

Novel cyclic germanium compounds for use as luminescent materials that exhibit high fluorescence quantum yields in the solid state. The compounds are ideal candidates for a variety of applications including use chemical and biological sensors (e.g., chemosensors for the detection of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, such as acetone), host materials for electroluminescent devices and solar cells, and emissive or electron-transport layer components in organic light emitting diode devices. US Patent Publication No. 20150166581

Last updated 6/22/18