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Spotlight Stories

The Center for Technology Licensing’s mission is to bring the University's scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and medical advances to the marketplace for societal benefit and to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation. Below is a selection of technologies developed at Cornell and managed by CTL. For more information about these and other innovations available for licensing, please e-mail


Multiphoton Microscope, Heading for Market
Graduate student Amanda Bares developed a hyperspectral multiphoton microscope that can image cells a millimeter deep in the cerebral cortex.
New Polymers for Drug Design and Delivery
Christopher Alabi is making a new class of polymers as tools for fighting disease.
Breeding for Hardiness—the Organic Way
Michael Mazourek puts 10,000 plants in his research plots every year to assess growth, yield, quality, and disease resistance.
TAL Effectors, One of Nature's Puzzles
TAL effectors are a molecular tool some bacteria use to infect crops such as rice, contributing to poverty and hunger in parts of the world.
Tiny Labs on the Backs of Birds, Tracking Migration
Tracking the migration of birds—especially smaller species like songbirds—will now be much easier with the development of new lightweight, solar-powered tags that can even outlast the lifespans of most birds.
Clearing Out the Waste
Macrophages and microglia clean up dead cells, foreign particles—whatever needs clearing out. How do scientists observe this activity?
Delaying or Preventing Osteoarthritis
David Putnam and Lawrence Bonassar investigate synthetic mimetics of the natural proteoglycan lubricant, lubricin, to delay or prevent progression of osteoarthritis (OA) following injury to the weight-bearing articular cartilage of the knee.
Gene Therapies for Fatal Diseases
Ronald Crystal is known for developing a treatment for a common, often-fatal hereditary disorder that causes emphysema and liver disease.
Mindless Computing
How long will you use that new Fitbit or Apple Watch for monitoring your daily health activities before disinterest sets in?
What We Feed Agricultural Animals
After licensing an animal feed supplement to Phytex LLC and then to Huvepharma, capturing a global market, Xingen Lei still has bigger ideas.
Crisp, Juicy, Nutritious, and in Demand
On Cornell's sprawling 900-acre New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, Susan K. Brown, Horticulture and Plant Breeding/ Genetics, is developing better apples.
Cornell Inventions—the Matter of Startups
Breakthrough technologies from Cornell labs get a boost in commercialization from the on-campus McGovern Center, where nine startups are incubating.
Animals to the Rescue—Arthritis, Menisci
"In humans and in horses, we know that if you sprain your ankle, it will lead to arthritis," Lisa Fortier says.
A Prostate Cancer that Sidesteps Therapy
In the United States nearly 27,000 men died of prostate cancer in 2016, as physician-scientists study why patients often develop treatment resistance.
Tumor Tracker, Drug Conveyor, Healer
From a serendipitous start with synthesized silica nanoparticles filled with dyes through stages of honing, bright tumor-tracking particles emerged.
Do I Have a Hidden Cancer?
In its early stages, cancer is usually asymptomatic. Early detection is a complex challenge. Can a blood sample detect early signs?
Nanotechnology—Novel, Realized, Scalable
Leading-edge nanotechnology processes and materials for batteries, filtration, nanocoatings, and sensors are the foundation of Axium Nanofibers LLC.
Glycoengineering Designer Therapeutics
The big challenge was to equip a bacteria cell with a complex biological pathway that it doesn't naturally carry. Many people thought it impossible.
A New Polymer for Low-Cost Fuel Cells
Fuel cells convert energy cleanly and efficiently, but fabrication costs are prohibitive. A breakthrough polymer invented at Cornell may change that.
Adapt-N for Nitrogen Management
Managing nitrogen is crucial for crop production and the environment.
Wearable Tech or Multifaceted Product?
For a fashion show, students invented a process to turn fabric into temperature-sensitive textiles to monitor body temperature of athletes.
Rice for Global Food Security
"We have to be able to tailor varieties to the requirements of different farmers," says Susan McCouch.