A new database-driven web site is providing easy access to information about licensable medical technologies and opportunities for NASA industry partners. The web site was developed by the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC), in cooperation with NASA Johnson Space Center, to provide interested parties and NASA scientists a forum to engage potential partners for collaborative research efforts.
The Medical Device Initiative Web Site features sections showcasing technologies, how to work with NASA, facilities available for use, areas of expertise and recent additions. It also includes a searchable database for locating available collaboration and technology licensing opportunities. The site was designed by the Knowledge Engineering Center of the Technology and Economic Development Division (TED).
According to David Lindelien, TED project manager, the web site is part of an agency-wide initiative launched by the Technology Transfer and Commercial Technology offices of the NASA Field Centers. It is designed to focus and ignite the marketing efforts of NASA medical technologies to the commercial sector. Lindelien also said that the principal objectives of the web site are to find licensees for NASA medical technologies and to generate additional funding for mission-related projects through joint research agreements and Space Act Agreements.