News | Aug 31, 2017

7 Fast Growing Companies in 2017 That Have One Thing in Common

The year isn't over, but these growing businesses have already worked with TechLink to license patented military technology so they can develop new products

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Capt. Brian Durant and Amit Kapoor sign an exclusive license agreement, facilitated by TechLink, authorizing First Line Technology LLC to manufacture Navy patented lifesaving decontamination technology for warfighters and first responders. (John Joyce/Navy)

Per Vivo Labs

Fast Growing Company Per Vivo Labs' MODD

Prototypes of the Mixed Odor Delivery Device. (Photo courtesy Navy Research Laboratory)

In March 2017, the Department of Defense licensed its patent-pending mixed odor delivery device, or MODD, to Per Vivo Labs in Kingsport, Tennessee. The company was founded in 2012 by Russ Hubbard, an Army combat veteran who lost friends to an improvised bomb in Afghanistan.

This was Hubbard’s second helping of DoD technology. TechLink helped Hubbard finalize a license for the Army’s rate-activated tether technology in February. His company intends to sell both products to civilian and military customers.


Fast Growing Company Enzinc's 3-D Zinc Battery Anode

Dr. Joseph Parker, a materials scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, shows a 3-D zinc battery anode.

On June 16, the Naval Research Laboratory’s patented zinc electrode battery technology was licensed to EnZinc, a startup in San Anselmo, California. The engineering firm is focused on bringing the new batteries to microgrids and electric vehicles, including e-bikes, which is exactly what Edison had hoped to build 117 years ago.

“There’s significant interest in our plans to commercialize this technology for two such important areas of the renewable marketplace,” said Michael Burz, CEO of EnZinc.

Kingdom Resources

Fast Growing Company Kingdom Resources'

A Corps of Engineers contractor oversees the building of an emergency levee along the Red River of the North. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Mike DeRusha)

Kingdom Resources of Irving, Texas, signed the license agreement on May 10 for the Army’s “green” biopolymer, which is made using soil bacteria. The company plans products for government and private customers that can stabilize sloped surfaces like dam levies and combat water erosion near road construction sites, with other applications in the works.

“We are excited to be able to work with the Environmental Lab at Vicksburg Research Station to develop a commercial product for stabilization and remediation,” said Mark Wilson, Kingdom Resources’ CEO.


Fast Growing Company SpringStar's Tick Trap

A prototype of the Navy’s patented tick trap.

In April 2017, SpringStar secured exclusive rights to manufacture a new sticky tick trap, which the Navy patented in 2015. SpringStar has already commercialized the U.S. Army’s patented lethal ovitrap, and sells it in 1,800 Home Depot stores as the Mosquito Trap-N-Kill. They’ll do the same with the tick trap after more testing, Banfield said.

“We took one look at that and said ‘that’s not a tick trap. That’s a way to catch all sorts of species,” said Mike Banfield, founder the pest control company near Seattle.

Natural Fiber Welding

Fast Growing Company Natural Fiber Welding's Natural Fiber Welding Process

The Air Force has twice licensed the patented fiber welding process to Dr. Luke Haverhals for commercial production.

Outdoor clothing companies are advising consumers to wash their clothes less. But Natural Fiber Welding, a startup company in Peoria, Illinois, licensed in May 2017 a textile manufacturing process patented by the Air Force that uses organic fibers like silk, linen, cotton, and hemp, which could offer a bigger, better solution.

“Nature has already solved the problem. Natural polymers like cellulose can be naturally degraded if they’re released into the environment, polyester generally doesn’t,” said Dr. Luke Haverhals, founder of Natural Fiber Welding.

Protective Innovations

Fast Growing Company Protective Innovations' Active Shooter Protection System

Air Force personnel conduct an active shooter exercise on Feb. 9 to test the response of child care providers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

On March 1, Chris Perrine’s startup company, Protective Innovations, signed an exclusive patent license agreement for a gunshot detection and alarm technology with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

In 2015, Perrine was part of a six-member Air Force team who competed in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 2015 Commander’s Challenge. There the team developed what’s called the Active Shooter Protection System for use in military bases, schools, and other buildings.

“We have created, in effect, a fire alarm for active shooters,” he said.

Diamond B Technology Solutions

Fast Growing Company Diamond B Technology Solution's L-REAC System

Army Research Laboratory personnel erect a weather monitoring tower on top of the Army Research Laboratory building on White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Army Research Laboratory photo)

On June 9, the Army Research Laboratory licensed the technology to Diamond B Technology Solutions in Billings, Montana. Diamond B has customers in the oil and gas industry and thinks a stationary L-REAC system will pair well with their software product (ProCertX) that tracks the training and location of personnel at production facilities, transportation terminals, and refineries.

The company believes the mobile L-REAC system would also prove valuable in the transportation sector. “Railroads have safely provided transportation of hazardous materials for many years but due to the recent Shale oil boom there has been an increased community focus on rail safety due to the amount of crude oil being transported by rail,” said Scott Roller, Diamond B’s vice-president of technology. “We’d love to have a version of this that allows them to tip up a sensor in an emergency and have it communicate with the cloud that would allow first responders to receive real-time safety evacuation plume models.”

The company also believes that police, firefighters, and the National Guard will want to have L-REAC kits to deploy in emergencies.

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