Representatives of C-Suite Services, LLC, visited SSC to sign the license agreements. Pictures from left to right on the front row are Kevin Pollard, C-Suite Services, LLC, Dr. Richard Gilbrech, NASA SSC Center Director, and Todd Thompson, C-Suite Services, LLC. Standing, from left to right, are Duane Armstrong, NASA Chief of the Advanced Technology & Transfer Branch and SSC Technology Transfer Officer, Scott Jensen, NASA engineer, Kenny McCormack, S3 engineer, Bruce Farner, NASA engineer, and Chris Copelan, NASA SSC Technology Transfer Licensing Specialist.
C-Suite Services, LLC, a local startup company, has licensed five SSC patents. The licensed technologies are the Floating Piston Valve invented by Bruce Farner (NASA), the Cryogenic Cam Butterfly Valve invented by Kenny McCormack (S3), the Energy Harvesting Smart Sensor, the Field Deployable Piezoelectric Gravimeter, and the In-situ Monitoring of Piezoelectric Sensors invented by Scott Jensen (NASA).
Over the last three years SSC's technology transfer office has used a multifaceted strategy to license the SSC patent portfolio and the results have been phenomenal. In the last two years SSC has signed almost as many patent licenses as the prior twenty years combined!
SSC worked closely with NASA's Technology Transfer (T2) Program to utilize the agency's enterprise tools, such as Technology Opportunities sheets, inventor profiles, NASA Tech Briefs, and the T2 portal (https://technology.nasa.gov), to make SSC technologies more discoverable. SSC also created its own technology website (https://technology.ssc.nasa.gov) to provide additional content.
The SSC technology transfer office also actively engaged the local business community. SSC signed a five year Space Act Agreement with Loyola University in New Orleans to integrate Technology Transfer University (T2U) into the training of MBA students. This provided invaluable opportunities to talk with local venture capitalists, angel investors, and other influential business leaders. This interaction resulted in the formation of the C-Suite Services, LLC.
Learn more about these inventions, and others, at https://invention.nasa.gov.