On 01/12/2017 our Institute signed the first (upon the present statutory regulations) agreement of payable transfer of intellectual property rights to its employees, at the same time allowing the solution created through the ‘Developing a low-cost ultrasound platform’ NCBR LIDER programme (2010-2014), led by dr. Marcin Lewandowski, to enter the commercialization phase. The prototype 32-channel module acquisition of the ultrasonic signals, which is subject of the agreement, will enable the construction of the new class of portable ultrasound scanners and research systems.
The system is a fully programmable research ultrasound scanner with a direct access to raw digital RF signals. An optimized internal architecture and software enable the implementation of software beamforming using PC computational resources (CPU/GPU). These two features provide a tool for testing and evaluation of novel ultrafast imaging methods, as well as their introduction into practical commercial solutions.
Dr. Lewandowski along with his co-workers have started a spin-off company which aims to further develop and commercialize their ultrasound platform. The commercialization via a spin-off/spin-out company, operated by the Institute’s employees, naturally boosts industry partnership and breeds a business environment oriented towards the transfer of technology.
‘We are paving the way for the transfer of intellectual property and the process of its commercialization in the IFTR. I believe that our initiative will inspire others to take on that challenge, as well as encourage innovation and implementation of the Institute’s solutions’, dr. Lewandowski claims.
As of today, dr. Lewandowski’s team of the Laboratory of Professional Electronics at the Department of Strength of Materials is working on the commercialization of two further solutions.