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Commercialization Spotlight:

Nanotechnology Institute

Nanotechnology InstituteTM (NTI) The NTI is changing the way the Greater Philadelphia Region advances new, transformative technologies.  From discovery to commercialization, the NTI is the region’s first partnership created to be a catalyst for nanotechnology development, commercialization and company formation.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University created the NTI in 2000.

Today, with core funding from Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the NTI has grown into a comprehensive organization incorporating twelve academic research institutions centered around a common framework of Technology Development, Intellectual Property (IP) Management, Sponsored Research Agreements and new company formation. By providing funding, intellectual property and commercialization assistance to companies and researchers, the NTI expedites the rate at which revolutionary technologies are brought to market, changing our world and fueling our economy. Learn more...

Affiliated Centers & Institutes

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Center for Human Modeling and Simulation (HMS)

Norman I. Badler, Director
The Center for Human Modeling and Simulation exists to investigate computer graphics modeling and animation techniques for embodied agents, virtual humans, and their applications. Major foci involve developing behavior-based animation of human movement, especially for gesture, gait, and facial expression, constructing a parameterized action representation for real-time simulation and animation, and understanding the relationship between human movement, natural language, and communication...Learn more

General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab

Dan Lee, Director
The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is a truly inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1979, the lab has grown today to be one of the premier research centers focusing on fundamental research in robotics, vision, perception, control, automation and learning. Learn more.

Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME)

The mission of the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME) is to stimulate fundamental research at the interface between biomedicine and engineering/physical/computational sciences leading to innovative applications in biomedical research and clinical practice. Learn more.

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)

Arjun G. Yodh, Director
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at Penn. It hosts the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), which consists of five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) plus selected seed projects. The MRSEC provides crucial support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students drawn from different disciplines, to tackle complex materials science projects that can only be addressed in a truly collaborative mode...Learn more

Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC)

Charlie Johnson, Director
The Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) that exploits Penn's internationally recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. The Center unites investigators to provide, not only new directions for the life sciences, but also for engineering in a two-way flow essential to fully realizing the benefits of nano-biotechnology...Learn more