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IDE helps identify Commercial Applications for AFRL/RW Inventions

The Doolittle Institute, in partnership with the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW), invited entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers within AFRL to collaborate at an Innovation Discovery Event, or IDE on September 25, 2018.

“The process allows the technologist to ‘socialize’ their work,” said Dr. Michael Reilly, who facilitated the IDE, “meaning that they get a chance to see what outsiders think about where it might fit in the bigger worlds of technology and business. As a result, they can modify their research plans to maximize the impact going forward.”

During the Doolittle Institute’s IDE, there is no finding failure points; it’s visualizing the possibilities of the researcher’s accomplishments.

“The IDE is one of the few opportunities AFRL/RW scientists and engineers have to present their work to a non-hostile audience. Most tech presentations are presented to other technologists who—having been trained in the scientific method, where progress is made by poking holes in everything to see what can withstand harsh critical scrutiny—have never had the chance to talk to an audience that wasn’t trying to tear their tech apart,” Dr. Reilly continued.

Dr. Reilly challenged panelists to find specific uses for each invention, and then asked them to evaluate the invention’s potential commercial viability on three criteria: technical fit, value in its use, and how easy it would be to bring the technology to the market. Panelists identify several markets in which the researchers’ innovations could be incorporated, such as manufacturing, pest control, clothing, medicine and cosmetic surgery—and of course, military applications.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

For more information about participating in a future IDE or licensing a technology, please contact the Doolittle Institute at (850) 842-4393.

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