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The Rensselaer Technology Licensing Office focuses on promoting Rensselaer’s innovations to both benefit the public and stimulate economic growth. We are your dedicated resource for streamlining collaboration with industry. Click below to find information on securing intellectual property protection and how our office works with researchers to help protect and promote their discoveries and inventions.

Targeting Prostate Tumors with Better Precision

As clinicians work tirelessly to improve cancer treatment on a more personalized level, they are partnering closely with engineers who are enabling vastly improved medical imaging. “In order to do precision medicine, you need to see better,” said Pingkun Yan, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer. “If you cannot see, you can’t do anything.”


Our mission at Rensselaer’s Technology Licensing Office is to share great ideas with you. We encourage you to browse our database of available technologies. These inventions may help shape the future of your business.

Marcian “Ted” Hoff Class of 1958

In 1969, Hoff invented the first electronic circuit that combined complicated computer functions on a single silicon chip, earning him recognition as the “father of the microprocessor.” This single chip had as much computing power as the first electronic computer, ENIAC, which in 1946 filled a room. The microprocessor created a revolution in computing.

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  • The way that air moves over, around, or under an aircraft can greatly affect its aerodynamics. When air flow separates from the wings of a plane, for instance, the change in pressure on the vehicle can reduce pilot control or cause the aircraft to stall out. The development of more effective air flow control techniques depends on a better understanding of flow separation that occurs around aircraft of different shapes and sizes.

  • After a successful mid-pandemic shift to an all-remote format last year, GameFest – the digital-gaming festival organized by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – will again be held completely virtually this year.

    GameFest 2021 will take place on Sansar, a multiuser online virtual platform, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on May 8. It will also stream live on YouTube beginning at 2 p.m. A full schedule is available on the GameFest 2021 website. The event is free and open to the public.

  • George Slota has been has been granted a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to develop approaches that match exascale supercomputers with petascale data.

  • When combined with drugs currently used to treat hepatitis C, the antiviral remdesivir is 10 times more effective in treating cells infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Dennis Shelden and Robert Karlicek, the heads of two prominent research centers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will serve as co-directors of the new Rensselaer Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS).

    President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the launch of the new institute, which will be based in New York City, at the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by President Biden last week. Fusing architectural design and engineering, EBESS will create sustainable infrastructure that is both net-zero and climate resilient through the use of renewable energy systems, sentient building platforms, and new materials.

  • In remarks at the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden on Friday, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the launch of the new Rensselaer Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS).

    Formed in partnership with Siemens, Lutron Electronics, Brooklyn Law School, the building engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti, and the international architecture firms HKS, OBMI, and Perkins&Will, the New York City-based institute will use the most advanced digital technologies to drive decarbonization of urban environments at the systems level.

    “Universities are the crossroads for collaboration across disciplines, sectors, geographies, and generations,” President Jackson said. “An integrative approach is required to decarbonize the many interconnected systems of our daily lives.”

  • The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is partnering with OBMI, a leading global architecture firm, to develop new education, design, and construction strategies that facilitate improvements in constructability, sustainability, technology, and wellness in the built environment.

  • Four transformative leaders will be honored as part of the upcoming 2021 Commencement proceedings at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sir Paul Nurse, John L. Anderson, and the Honorable Ash Carter.

    “Each of our Commencement honorands has led by example, taking on prominent roles in addressing grand challenges,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “They embody the spirit of world-changing leadership and innovation that Rensselaer fosters in its students, especially in the resilient and inspiring Class of 2021.”

  • The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will co-host the Sustainable Futures Conference with the University at Albany and the Future of Small Cities Institute from April 27 – April 30.

  • Fouling is a natural phenomenon that describes the tendency of proteins in water to adhere to nearby surfaces. It’s what causes unwanted deposits of protein to form during some food production or on biomedical implants, causing them to fail. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are harnessing this process, which is typically considered a persistent challenge, to develop a versatile and accessible approach for modifying solid surfaces.