Members of the University community, investors and industry representatives circled around the Chancellor Green Rotunda Friday, Dec. 3, to learn about Princeton inventions that could become the beneficial applications of the future.
On one side of the room, electrical engineer Paul Prucnal explained his wireless communications invention as "the equivalent of trying to detect a whisper in the roar of a freight train." Across the room, molecular biologist Hilary Coller discussed her recent advance -- a one-two cell-killing punch that may inform future therapies for cancer and other diseases.
Prucnal and Coller were joined by a number of their colleagues, including organic chemists, mechanical and aerospace engineers and computer scientists, to share information about their inventions at the second annual "Celebrate Princeton Invention" reception. The event honored the accomplishments and contributions of more than 200 Princeton University scientists and engineers who participated in the technology transfer process in 2010.
Additionally, the celebration recognized the importance of collaboration between the University research community and industry to develop fundamental discoveries into beneficial technologies and applications.
"The Princeton inventors who participate in technology transfer activities, whether filing patent applications or licensing technologies to companies for development and commercialization, help fulfill the University's research mission by placing the discoveries made here into the public realm where they can have a direct benefit on people's lives," said John Ritter, the director of Princeton's Office of Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property.
Showcasing inventions in different stages of development from a variety of disciplines, Celebrate Princeton Invention featured eight kiosks at which University researchers presented their discoveries. Ranging from conductive plastics and multimedia Web search technology, to a new technique for drug development, the featured innovations demonstrated how fundamental new knowledge is being harnessed to address some of the biggest contemporary challenges, including the energy crisis, threats to human health and rapid information access.
The event, organized by the Office of the Dean for Research, was supported by Google and the intellectual property law firm Volpe and Koenig PC.