Originally Published MPMN November 2005
University’s Web Service Keeps Users on the Cutting Edge
The University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) has introduced a free Web service that notifies subscribers of the university’s emerging technologies. UF TechAlert operates as a subscription service that requires users to select technology categories for which they would like to receive updates; among these categories are research tools, software, genomics, and medical devices. Subscribers subsequently receive information and updates about the university’s latest technologies in their chosen categories that are available for licensing. These alerts are sent out in the form of a text-only e-mail, which includes contact information and a Web link to a more-detailed summary of the advancement.
The purpose of the service is to inspire companies to integrate the university’s innovative technologies to create new products or improve upon existing procedures. Current technologies available for licensing from the University of Florida include a home test kit that monitors vitamin K levels for patients on anticoagulants, a device that allows for the direct introduction of drugs into brain tissue while maintaining integrity of the blood-brain barrier, and a method of endovascular brain mapping that the university claims is safer and more precise than current practices.
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