Technology opportunities

The following technologies are ready for licensing or research collaborations. These represent only a small portion of the technologies available at UVic. The majority of our technologies are not listed here because they are already part of a research collaboration, they are in the patent process, or they are too early in the development stage.

Technologies being developed with other institutions, networks and sponsors might be available in the near future or might be available immediately in a specific “field of use” that does not conflict with our current partners.

If you are seeking a specific technology or expertise that is not listed below please feel free to contact our office at 250-721-6500 and ask to speak with an Industry Liaison Officer.

Probing System for Measurement of Micro-Scale Components

This techonology is a low-cost micro-CMM (coordinate measuring machine) for probing the surface and determining the dimensions of micro-scale objects or features. It uses rotating wire probe and acoustic emission sensing to probe the workpiece. This patented technology can probe workpieces of any degree of surface reflectivity (a limitation of conventional optical CMMs). It also offers sub-micron accuracy, and can be made at sub-$50K manufacturing cost.

For further information on this technology contact:
Chris Flores,  or 250-721-6398

Photoinitiating System for Anionic Polymerization

A new photoinitiating patented system for anionic polymerization has been developed based on the photogeneration of long-lived carbanions of Ketoprofen and related derivatives 4 and 7-9 as photoinitiators via efficient photodecarboxylation. It is an organic controlled process using sunlight with many applications including paint type coating, tooth filling, etc

For further information on this technology contact:
Aislinn Sirk,  or 250-472-5037

Hydrophone Calibration System

This technology provides a method for low frequency hydrophone calibration.

The ability to monitor underwater acoustics allows for applications such as tracking whale activity, military purposes, and at very low frequencies, the assessment of earthquakes, underwater landslides, and turbidity currents. This technology provides a full end to end digital calibration at acoustic frequencies as low as 0.001 Hz and at hydrostatic pressures of at least 5000 psi.

For further information on this technology contact:
Aislinn Sirk,  or 250-472-5037

Current Sensorless Control of a Boost-type Switch Mode Rectifier (SMR) with Inductor Parameter Adaptation

Patented technology for current sensorless control of a boost-type Switch Mode Rectifier (SMR) with inductor parameter (available for licencing or sale only).

For further information on this technology contact:
Aislinn Sirk,  or 250-472-5037

Efficient Networking for Large File Transactions (Big File Protocol)

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENT TRANSPORT OF LARGE DATA FILES (Application No. 14/628,102)

SYSTEM AND METHOD  FOR EFFICIENT NETWORKING FOR LARGE FILE TRANSACTIONS (Application No. 13/458,803)

Inventors:  Ted Darcie et al.  Filed April 27, 2012 and February 20, 2015

These two related patents provide a method to more efficiently transfer large files. Specifically, these provide  a high-efficiency data transport protocol designed to seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of network architectures and protocols (e.g. routing, load balancing, etc.). The technology is topology-independent, and allow a significant reduction of the computational load placed on the network hardware by offloading bandwidth-intensive transactions onto the lower network layers where the cost per transported bit is the lowest, thereby skipping most of the computations requiredwhen using standard IP protocols. The technology consistently achieves Goodput values over 98%, predictable bandwidth usage and delay performance over 30 times smaller than possible using TCP.

For further information on this technology contact:
Aislinn Sirk,  or 250-472-5037

Optical Fiber Sensor for Hydrogen Peroxide Detection

This patented technology is based on Hydrogen Peroxide converting Prussian White (PW) to Prussian Blue (PB) and occurs with very low concentrations of H2O2. Current tests for H2O2 are slow, labour intensive or lack sensitivity. HP can be indicative of impaired lung function however no HP based test exists for characterization of diseases like asthma which affects 7.5% of Canadians and 8% of Americans HP build-up damages membranes in PEM fuel cells but it goes unmonitored resulting in reduced performance and lifespan.

For further information on this technology contact:
Aislinn Sirk,  or 250-472-5037

System and Method for Conducting Power Monitoring of Datacenters

This technology is a low-cost, non-intrusive method for fine-grained power monitoring of datacenters. The aggregate power consumption of the whole datacenter and the component state information of the servers are used to estimate the power consumption of a specific server or group of servers in the datacenter. When implemented as a software solution, this patent-pending technology eliminates the high cost associated with hardware-based solutions. It can be implemented as a stand-alone software or as additional feature integrated in a datacenter infrastructure management software.

For further information on this technology contact:
Chris Flores,  or 250-721-6398

Hollow Optical Fiber Sensor

This technology is a system and method for low-cost optical sensing of single molecule or molecules in various concentrations. Based on evanescent light coupling mechanism, it uses a pair of optical fibers (hollow core fiber and regular fiber) in conjunction with Raman emission spectroscopy to detect the presence of target molecule in the analyte. This patent-pending technology can be implemented on a microfluidic chip paving the way for making a low-cost portable biosensor.

For further information on this technology contact:
Chris Flores,  or 250-721-6398

Functionalized Polydicyclopentadiene (fPDCPD) Polymers

Polydicyclopentadiene (PDCPD) is a tough and industrially important thermoset polymer that has high heat, chemical, and impact resistance coupled with a low density. Current limitations to the broader industrial application of traditional PDCPD include its low surface energy, lack of chemical tunability, and disagreeable odor.

Dr. Jeremy Wulff’s group has created an improved PDCPD polymer through the incorporation of an additional, highly variable, functional group on the parent monomer. The resulting functionalized polydicyclopentadiene (fPDCPD) has the beneficial characteristics of traditional PDCPD, plus it is chemically tunable, has naturally higher surface energy for painting or bonding, and has a pleasant fruity scent. Moreover, the ability to engineer chemically reversible crosslinks makes this this first truly reprocessable/recyclable version of PDCPD.

PCT Application No. PCT/CA2017/050199 has been filed.

A set of fPDCPD polymers are currently available for licensing, and new fPDCPD polymers can be generated to meet your industry-specific needs.

For further information on this technology contact:
Lindsay Frehlick,  or 250-721-8868

MethylTrap Affinity Column for Antibody-free Enrichment of Methylated Peptides

This library of novel chemical affinity reagents offer an alternative to protein-based affinity reagents. These reagents can enrich for multiple post-translationally modified analytes (e.g. mono-, di- and tri-methyllysine and mono- and di-methylarginine), constituting a kind of multi-pan-specificity that is unknown in monoclonal antibodies.

Advantages include:

      • Pan-specific. Identifies both well-known and previously unidentified methyllysine sites.
      • Reliable. Synthetic chemical affinity handle equals day-to-day and batch-to-batch reproducibility.
      • Works on your samples. Apply conventional Trypsin or ArgC digests to the column.
      • Compatible. Easily bound to Agarose beads and solid support resins.  
      • Easy implementation. Works on standard FPLC or ion-exchange chromatography systems.
      • Manufacturable. Synthesis of affinity handles is scaleable, reliable and economical.
      • Expandable toolkit. New affinity handles to target different PTMs are in development.
 
IP Protection: U.S. Patent Application No. 15/239,544
Methyl affinity tools will be valuable for (1) proteomics and epigenomics research (2) discovery of novel methylation sites and pathways and (3) biomarker/diagnostic analysis. Licensing, distribution and collaboration opportunities are available.

For further information on this technology contact:
Lindsay Frehlick,  or 250-721-8868

Quantitative PCR Based Environmental DNA Methods

Dr. Caren Helbing's lab has developed a new quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) based detection methodology. This detection methodology comprises a novel tripartite testing system with sample and assay performance quality control measures built in. This allows for highly sensitive and low-cost environmental monitoring of a range of amphibian, fish and mammalian species from a single water sample.

Patent applications have been filed in the U.S. and Canada.

Sample analysis, assay development and licencing opportunities are available.

For further information on this technology contact:
Lindsay Frehlick,  or 250-721-8868