Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Celebration 2009


Adding Value and Functionality to Traditional Textile Fibers

  1. Juan Hinestroza
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University
    Hong Dong
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University

    An efficient and effective technology for the coating or dying of cotton, nylon, and other fabric fibers with metal nanoparticles has been developed. The procedure is simple and compatible with existing wet-processing equipment currently available in textile processing. Additionally, the coating of the fibers is surface only thus reducing the amount of nanoparticles used. The metal nanoparticles impart properties such as anti-microbial, self-cleaning, and conductive properties to the fabrics, and also change the color to make possible luxury fabrics of diverse colors and shine. This process works with metal nanoparticles of various size and composition and the coatings obtained are highly consistent.

InFlora, Inc.

  1. InFlora is a Cornell startup founded to commercialize a collection of unique, woody ornamental plants. Currently, the market demand is strong for new decorative plants. Woody ornamentals have a low capital investment, high turnover rate and high margins - typically 12% annual growth. InFlora's combination of new versions of proprietary plants coupled with quality genetics allow it to have a strong position in the marketplace. Currently, InFlora has several versions of plants that are ready for the market.

Next Generation Nanofiber Devices

  1. Harold Craighead
    Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University
    Christine Tan
    Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

    An overview of a technology portfolio developed at the Craighead Research Group that will enable next generation nanofiber based devices. Novel techniques have been developed for the controlled rather than random fabrication of nanofibers. Fibers can be applied to a variety of flat surfaces, including those that have been etched with microfabricated structures to allow the creation of organized structures of nanofibers. This is the first technology to allow for the practical use of nanofibers in the emerging field of molecular electronics. Other specific examples include light-emitting nanofibers, non-lithographic fabrication of fluidic channels using nanofibers, and nanofibers as templates for NEMS oscillators.

Portable Ultrasound Device

  1. George Lewis
    Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
    William Olbricht
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

    Ultrasound waves, inaudible to humans, can penetrate through soft tissue and are commonly used as a nondestructive imaging technique in medical settings. This pocket-sized, high power ultrasound generating device is lightweight, more powerful, more efficient, and less expensive than today's models and can be powered by rechargeable batteries. The handheld unit can be used to power a range of ultrasound applications from therapeutic ultrasound, used to relieve arthritis pressure, improve rehabilitation and enhance wound healing processes; to higher-energy ultrasound surgical applications like prostate therapy, brain tumor and cardiac tissue ablation. Due to its portability, this device can be easily transported to remote areas where standard ultrasound is not available. Non-medical uses may include military and incorporation in energy conversion processes to enhance fuel efficiency.

Predicting Long Term Effects of Head Injury

  1. Bruce McCandliss
    Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
    Sumit Niogi
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Approximately, two million head injuries occur each year in the United States and thirty percent of the survivors with head injuries suffer long term, post-treatment cognitive problems such as difficulty in concentrating, short term memory loss, and spatial disorientation. Currently, doctors cannot determine which patients will suffer these problems nor how bad they will be. Using a special form of magnetic resonance imaging that is already available and novel software that automatically analyzes the resulting images, researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical College can identify these patients.

Preventing and Treating Viral Infections

  1. Anne Moscona
    Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College
    Matteo Porotto
    Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

    Currently, viral infections are not treated with antibiotics. Most therapy is intended to treat symptoms while the body's immune defenses work at destroying the virus. The majority of the antiviral agents on the market are limited to treat HIV, herpes viruses, hepatitis B and C viruses, and influenza A and B viruses. However, a new method developed by Moscona and company treats viral infections by tricking the virus with biomimetic, a human-made process that imitates nature, to prematurely discharge a protein before fusing with the host cell. Viruses that discharge prematurely fail to subsequently infect mammalian cells. The biomimetic can be recycled to inactivate additional viruses. The technology can also be applied to other infectious organisms.

Raywu Agritech, Inc.

  1. Rice feeds more than 2.7 billion people worldwide and that number is expected to increase to 3.5 billion in ten years. However, rice yield has flattened in the past decade. Thirty percent of arable land has high salt content that affects productivity and eight percent of the agricultural areas suffer from drought every year. Raywu Agritech will create and produce rice seeds that are tolerant to drought and salty conditions with improved yield under both stress and normal conditions. Raywu Agritech has technologies that have been verified under field conditions.

Scaling Video Games for Better Playing Experiences

  1. Walker White
    Computer Science, Cornell University
    Johannes Gehrke
    Computer Science, Cornell University
    Alan Demers
    Computer Science, Cornell University
    Christoph Koch
    Computer Science, Cornell University

    The Entertainment Software Association estimated that U.S. computer and video game software sales grew six percent in 2007 to $9.5 billion and sixty-five percent of American households played computer or video games. A key to developing rich playing experiences for video games is the creation of complex and interesting artificial intelligence (AI) for non-player characters - characters that are controlled by the game program and not by the individuals playing the game. Previously, there has not been a way to create AI programming that scales to a very large number of non-playing characters. This new technology treats game AI as a data management problem and uses sophisticated query processing and indexing techniques to handle large numbers of scripts. This provides a framework for games with a huge number of complex non-player characters. Advantages of this technology include providing customizable behavior of non-player characters, being massively scalable, and being easy to integrate into existing games or simulation engines.

Technology Platform for Skin Care and Anti-Cancer Products

  1. Pengbo Zhou
    Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College

    Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is the cellular mechanism to remove damaged DNA caused by exposure to carcinogens (e.g. radiation and chemicals) and oxidative stress. Research at Weill Cornell Medical College discovered that inhibition of a novel negative regulator of NER prolongs and enhances DNA repair activities. Knockout of a gene that is a key component of this new negative regulator in mice demonstrated drastically improved resistance to skin cancer development caused by UV or chemical carcinogens. This novel negative regulator of NER and its inhibition present a new technology platform to develop products, consumer and clinical, for conditions that may benefit from prolonged and enhanced DNA repair activities. These may include skin care, anti-cancer and other health-related products.

Wave-Inspired Electronics

  1. Ehsan Afshari
    Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell University
    Omeed Momeni
    Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell University

    Waves are everywhere, from the distribution of cars on the highway to the wave patterns in the ocean. Wave propagation can be used in many practical applications leading to novel architectures for signal processing and analog circuits. Wave propagation inspired circuits can overcome the limitations of commonly-used Extremely Wide Band (EWB) circuits that can have severe limitations in the areas of power efficiency and performance. Optimizing these circuits may lead to the next generation of ultra-high performance analog circuits for receiving and transmitting signals in electronics.