The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

Spotlight Stories

The Center for Technology Licensing’s mission is to bring the University's scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and medical advances to the marketplace for societal benefit and to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation. Below is a selection of technologies developed at Cornell and managed by CTL. For more information about these and other innovations available for licensing, please e-mail


Blood-Brain Barrier Blood-Brain Barrier, Protecting the Brain

After Margaret Bynoe and her lab discovered that an FDA-approved drug, Lexiscan, used in cardiac imaging, could open the blood-brain barrier, the lab went to work, exploring how it could be used as a therapeutic for brain diseases.

DNA illustration Mobile Gene Content

Ilana L. Brito and her team are developing a suite of computational tools for examining the mobile gene content in multiple datasets — to identify those genes that may shape the response of microbial communities to stress.

Emin Gün Sirer Tackling Cyberfinance Security

Emin Gün Sirer’s research group developed and tested Falcon — which they call fast and fierce — for processing Bitcoin blockchains, digital transaction ledgers.

Holger Sondermann lab The Lifestyle of Bacteria

When bacteria live in a community known as biofilm, antibiotics can’t enter to fight infection. Holger Sondermann wants to disperse that community.

Peng Chen single-molecule imaging Innovating with Single-Molecule Imaging

As a pioneer of single-molecule imaging, Peng Chen applies the technology to studying metal atoms in cells, with implications for the development of antibacterial agents.

Richard Robinson lab The Making of Nanomaterials

Richard Robinson’s work spans the making of nanoscale building blocks and altering their capabilities to assembling nanoparticles into practical devices.

NeuroNex NeuroNex — a Radical Collaboration

An engineer and a neuroscientist gathered a group of Cornell scientists and engineers to tackle a frontier of science — the brain. Now, they form a hub.

Rob Shepherd lab Soft, Safe Robots with Daring Abilities

Robert Shepherd is creating soft robots, using newly invented materials such as soft, bendable rubber foam that can change shape dramatically and bicontinuous skin with adaptable locomotion.

Samie Jaffrey lab A Fluorescent Tag Called Spinach

Samie Jaffrey’s team created a synthetic RNA strand designed to bind to a fluorescent dye. Named ‘Spinach’ for its green fluorescence, this tag suddenly made it possible to image RNA as it went through its life cycle in living cells.

Richard Cerione The Fight for Better Cancer Drugs

Could one tiny enzyme be the key to cancer’s defeat? Richard A. Cerione, Chemistry and Chemical Biology/Molecular Medicine, is trying to find out.

bird migration illustration Tiny Labs on the Backs of Birds, Tracking Migration

Tracking the migration of birds—especially smaller species like songbirds—will now be much easier with the development of new lightweight, solar-powered tags that can even outlast the lifespans of most birds.

clearing waste illustration Clearing Out the Waste

Macrophages and microglia clean up dead cells, foreign particles—whatever needs clearing out. How do scientists observe this activity?

Lubricin illustration Delaying or Preventing Osteoarthritis

David Putnam and Lawrence Bonassar investigate synthetic mimetics of the natural proteoglycan lubricant, lubricin, to delay or prevent progression of osteoarthritis (OA) following injury to the weight-bearing articular cartilage of the knee.

Jean M. Costa Mindless Computing

How long will you use that new Fitbit or Apple Watch for monitoring your daily health activities before disinterest sets in?

Xingen Lei Lab What We Feed Agricultural Animals

After licensing an animal feed supplement to Phytex LLC and then to Huvepharma, capturing a global market, Xingen Lei still has bigger ideas.

Cornell Apples Crisp, Juicy, Nutritious, and in Demand

On Cornell’s sprawling 900-acre New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, Susan K. Brown, Horticulture and Plant Breeding/ Genetics, is developing better apples.

Francis Barany lab Do I Have a Hidden Cancer?

In its early stages, cancer is usually asymptomatic. Early detection is a complex challenge. Can a blood sample detect early signs?


Hening Lin Sirtuins: New Understanding, New Inhibitors, and New Applications

Dr. Hening Lin is an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Center and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. Dr. Lin’s understanding of sirtuin enzymatic activity has enabled the development of a potent sirtuin2-specific inhibitor called “TM.”

Benedict Law Peptide-Based Nanofibers

Dr. Benedict Law is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Law’s team is interested in a new type of two-dimensional nanomaterial, such as nanofiber (PF) that is biocompatible, able to penetrate inside a tumor, and has a short circulation time to avoid non-specific in vivo distribution with a high tumor uptake.

Rob Shepherd Soft Robotics for AR/VR

Dr. Robert Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his team have developed foam actuators and sensors to create soft robotics that are safe for use in prosthetics and enhance augmented and virtual reality experiences.

Paul Steen Switchable Adhesion Device

Paul Steen, Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has developed a switchable electronically- controlled adhesion device that allows for maximum adhesion to various surfaces. Among the applications for the device are wafer handling, large-format printing, gripping gloves and shoes, and drone parking pods.