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March 22, 2022  

UASCI Lab to Business Technology Pitch Presentations
Jack James, UASCI Technology Commercialization Consultant

UASCI is developing a series of Lab to Business Technology Transfer Pitch Presentations for UAS/AAM Entrepreneurs and industry. The presentations will present potential new business opportunities based on the latest research and technology development from federal labs and universities. The first of these sessions will be in April, with the general theme of new vehicle architectures and new sensor capabilities.

To identify the best opportunities for business, we will select the technologies and presentations based on a set of criteria identified below. Keep in mind that the criteria is used as a first cut ‘triage' type of selection.

  • That the technology aligns with UASCI ecosystem technology needs priority. Specifically, that the technology presents an innovative solution to a problem in the UAS/AAM marketplace.
  • The scope of the technology would enable a new product line and business. In contrast with a technology that is a point or incremental solution to a problem in an existing system.
    • If you do have a problem that requires more of a point solution, please contact us and we can help you find a technology.
  • There is a broad field of use available to be licensed. This relates the flexibility of the IP when developing the business case, along with the potential for the technology to be a platform solution.
  • At least one or more patents have been issued, and that there is at least 10 years remaining on patent(s).
  • That the technology concept has been demonstrated at least in a structured or lab environment (TRL4) and that a prototype and test data are available.
  • The inventor and his/her laboratory can be available and willing to participate at some level. Having the opportunity for a co-development or sponsored research agreement with the inventor to collaborate with your development team. The opportunity is not just accessing the specific technology but also the opportunity to build relationships to access ongoing research and knowledge in that subject.

If you have any further questions or comments on the selection criteria, or if you have specific problem or technology need areas you don't see covered, please send an email to Jack James at

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FAA Vertiport Design Industry Day on EB 105
March 29

"AERO Oklahoma" Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Awareness Day
March 30, 2022
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 2022 Emerging Aviation Technology Conference
April 4 - 5, 2022
Durant, OK

April 25-28, 2022
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

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Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV

UAS Summit & Expo
October 4-5, 2022
Grand Forks, ND
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