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
Per Vivo Labs
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.