Only five years old, Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Partnership Fund, a statewide technology-transfer program, has already become a model for states that want to encourage scientists and engineers to develop the commercial potential of their research.
Since its founding, the Partnership’s support of collaboration between small bus inesses and academic scientists has produced a wide range of results, including:
* Products to detect drugs in saliva
" SO2 and HCI sensors for use in smokestacks
* A canine artificial insemination system using frozen semen
* Amorphous silicon thin-film transistors for use in liquid crystal displays
" Test kits for diabetic patients using monoclonal antibody-based diagnostics for glycohemoglobin and glycoalbumin
" Improved methods to make effective mosquitocides
" Methods for the synthesis of labeled polyunsaturated fatty acids
* A computer system for analyzing steel for ultrasonic knives
* Perfluorocarbons for cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy
* An implantabie extratympanic hearing aid that...