About the
Massachusetts Technology Portal

Purpose

The Massachusetts Technology Portal is a single website where one can search easily and efficiently for over 3,500 technologies (as of November 2011) available from 28 research institutions in Massachusetts:

The portal was developed jointly with MATTO to provide entrepreneurs and investors with a convenient tool for finding intellectual property generated across a broad spectrum of Massachusetts universities and research hospitals. While many Technology Transfer Offices have search engines for their IP on their institution's website, providing a single portal to the patents produced by our leading institutions enables users to identify the researchers, laboratories and institutions that have the inventions of interest quickly.

Using the Portal

Using the MassTechPortal

  1. We have tried to design the portal to make it easy for you to search for technologies that are available for license from a number of institutions in Massachusetts .  Please send us feedback if you have recommendations as to how we can make the portal a more useful tool for you.
  2. You may search by one criteria or by several - it is your choice.  You may want to start with a more general search and if you get too many responses then refine your search.
  3. To do another search click on reset before you type in your new search criteria.
  4. You may search for technologies in a specific Technology Type -  the MassTechPortal uses a list of 44 technology types - a full list of the technology types may be found at the bottom of this page with descriptions of the kinds of technologies that are included.
  5. Each technology is owned and available for license from the posting institution. Clicking the title of the invention on the results page will bring you to a page containing a detailed description of the technology and contact information for the institution managing the technology. Please use the case number listed when corresponding with the institution.
  6. Printing - for best results set paper to print in landscape when printing.
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Technology Types

The following are the TechTypes that the Portal uses.

Portal Technology Types

Classification

Areas Included

Agriculture

General

Agriculture, animal health, forestry, agricultural chemicals and related technologies

Environment

General

Recycling, hazardous and waste management, environmental management system, water treatment, pollution control and prevention, toxins, environmental remediation 

Foods and Plant Sciences

General

Foods processes, fermentation, nutrition, sterilization, storage, animal/vegetable products

Health Care Surveys

General


Textiles

General


Transportation

General


Bioinformatics

Medical

Sequence analysis, modeling or drug discovery related software

Biomaterials

Medical

A bio-based material is engineering material made from substances derived from living tissues.  Examples include polylactic acid, bioplastics, cornstarch etc.

Diagnostics/Biomarkers

Medical

Diagnostics, prognostics, biomarkers, patient monitoring

Drug Delivery

Medical

Drug/RNA/siRNA/Gene/Peptide delivery systems

Drug Discovery Tools

Medical

Screening Assays, Drug Targets, Methods of ID new drugs or therapeutic compounds/ DNA/proteins

Genomics/Proteomics

Medical

Anything Gene like (also see proteomics) - is this necessary? It is something most institutions have a category for so we may need to keep it. Combined this with proteomics because there will be so few

Medical Devices

Medical

Medical and surgical devices, prosthetics, med devices used for therapeutics

Medical Imaging

Medical

Medical imaging, tracking, sensing, signal processing

Microarrays

Medical

DNA, RNA, Protein, Antibody array related technologies.

Research Reagents

Medical

cell lines, monoclonal antibodies, reagents, animal models, growth factors, clones

Research Tools

Medical

cloning tools (such as PCR), methods, laboratory equipment and machines, software that helps in research

Therapeutics - Drugs

Medical

Potential drugs, small molecule, peptide, antibody, nucleic acid -based therapeutics - with novel composition of matter claims

Therapeutics - Methods

Medical

New use of known drugs, DNA, or protein based therapeutics, and non-drug therapeutic methods or treatments

Tissue Engineering

Medical


Vaccines

Medical

Vaccines and Vaccine generating/developent methods, tools

Chemical Engineering

Physical

Chemical engineering technologies

Chemistry

Physical

Catalytic, coatings, organic, physical, polymers, environmental, quantum chemistry, chemical compounds

Civil Engineering

Physical

Engineering that deals with the planning, construction, and maintenance of fixed structures or public works

Electrical Engineering

Physical


Energy

Physical

Alternative or renewable energy-related technoplogies, Hydrogen separation, Solar Energy, Photovoltaic cells, Hydroelectricity

Instrumentation

Physical

Measurement and control technologies. 

Internet and Communications

Physical

Internet software or related services.  Coding, networks, optical, components, wireless, telephony, VoIP

Manufacturing

Physical

Manufacturing methods, industrial processes or instrumentation, machinery, assembly, process control

Materials

Physical

Materials, coatings, ceramics, composites and electronics

Materials Diagnostics

Physical

Characterizing materials, i.e. thin films

Mechanical Engineering

Physical


Microelectronics/MEMS

Physical

All microelectronics, or methods of making microelectronics

Nanotechnology/NEMS

Physical

Anything nano - this includes NEMS, methods of making nano-structures, materials

Networking/Communications

Physical

Network monitoring, telecommunications, etc?

Photonics/Optical Systems

Physical

Anything light or optics related

Physics

Physical

Acoustics, Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Optical Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Mathematical physics

Plastics and Polymers Engineering

Physical

 Processing, design, development, and manufacture of plastics and polymeric based products

Robotics/Automation

Physical

Robots, vision, hearing, sensing, artificial intelligence, etc?

Semiconductors

Physical


Sensing/Imaging

Physical

Sensor networks, detections systems, sensing during manufacture, RFID

Software/Algorithms

Physical

All programs and software

Chemical Methods/Libraries

Physical and Medical

Methods of synthesizing certain chemicals or compounds, combinatorial chem libraries

Fluidics/Microfluidics

Physical and Medical

Lab on a chip, microfluidics, and associated hoses and chutes

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Portal Development

The Portal is a joint project of MATTO and the MTTC. The development and implementation of the portal has been paid for by the MTTC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Boston University, Brandeis University, Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Northeastern University, The Schepens Eye Research Institute, and Tufts University.

The portal site was developed by Third Sky and via an agreement with iBridge.

MATTO is the Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and represents all of the Commonwealth's TTO's.

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