SENEDIA’s First Tech Showcase with ARL

SENEDIA Hosts its First Tech Showcase with the U.S Army Research Laboratory

Army scientists from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) recently discussed their patented inventions at the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance’s (SENEDIA) first Tech Showcase.

The Tech Showcase, held on 24 May, was a collaboration between SENEDIA and ARL’s recently opened Northeast office.  The Tech Showcase highlighted cooperative business opportunities for industry. More than 30 companies attended the event that was held at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.

Four years ago, the laboratory started to extend its presence across the country, so it could tap into regional talent in science and technology. ARL Northeast is hosted at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University near Boston.

Businesses exploring development opportunities were matched with ARL inventors for in-depth discussions at the Tech Showcase.  Dr. Melissa Flagg, regional lead for ARL Northeast, explained, “We are experimenting with novel cooperative business opportunities and challenging industry to step forward and work jointly with the Army in new ways.”

TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, discussed the patent licensing process, listing several recent successes. “We are DOD’s experts in patent licensing. We market to and advise businesses on developing ARL inventions into new products and services,” said Dan Swanson, senior technology manager at TechLink.

“This was a unique opportunity for Defense companies,” stated Molly Donohue Magee, SENEDIA Executive Director. “By proactively reaching out, ARL is reducing barriers to collaboration. Companies had the opportunity to see how they could partner with ARL to meet the innovation needs of our warfighters.”

SENEDIA is planning additional Tech Showcases and initial planning is in the works for a joint Air Force, Army and Navy event in the fall.

ARL researchers who highlighted their inventions, which are available for license and use, included:

Presentations from the event:

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