Through close collaboration with the Drexel Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization (OTTC), DWSL maintains close ties with industry. DWSL has a very broad intellectual property portfolio in new types of antenna and wireless technologies and has highly active technology commercialization activities in these areas. Drexel OTTC has helped publicize and license DWSL intellectual property with industrial partners. Commercialization and technology transfer efforts from DWSL are in the following areas:
Reconfigurable Antennas - Electrically reconfigurable antenna technology from DWSL has been licensed by Adant, founded by Daniele Piazza, a DWSL PhD graduate. This company has attracted third party VC funding and is actively commercializing reconfigurable antennas for residential and enterprise wireless local area networking access points. Adant Inc. is a startup company that develops reconfigurable antenna systems that are suitable for a large number of different applications including WiFi access points and routers, desktop/laptops/tablet PCs wireless cards and other home networked devices, wireless sensor networks and other ad-hoc networks, and RFID. Adant has licensed reconfigurable antenna technology from DWSL. Adant has commercialized its reconfigurable antenna technology in the market of wireless access points, electronic tolling systems and UHF RFId systems for automatic inventory.
Optically Transparent Antennas - Prior DWSL research has demonstrated how transparent conductive polymers can be used to realize antenna and RFIDs. This technology was recently showcased in a press release that appeared in more than 90 news media outlets including Forbes.com, Reuters, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Optically transparent antennas from DWSL have also been spun off by university researchers into the company MetaTenna, LLC that has received SBIR funding to commercialize transparent antennas for wireless local area networks. MetaTenna, LLC was founded in 2009 and develops and commercializes new, low-cost, thin-film antennas that are transparent, flexible, conformal, and capable of being directly printed on unusual substrates including plastic films, fabrics, and paint. MetaTenna has been supported through several SBIR grants and has expertise and capabilities to produce innovative thin-film antennas based on in-depth knowledge of materials printing, organic conductors, and antenna systems.
Textile Electronics - Intellectual property relating to textile based antennas is currently being cultivated by internal research for commercialization in medical body-worn personal area sensor networks. We have worked with the Drexel Center for Functional Fabrics, and the Coulter Foundation program administered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, to seek commercial partners for textile electronics based biomedical monitoring systems.