Upward Trends in Commercialization

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest university in the University of Alaska system. UAA's research and commercialization trends are upward. External funding research is increasing and expenditures are growing.

To commercialize faculty and student research at UAA, the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies created an agile business infrastructure. This infrastructure includes Seawolf Holdings, LLC and the Seawolf Venture Fund. Seawolf Holdings provides a corporate interface between UAA and enterprise companies and manages the companies, while the Seawolf Venture Fund provides seed money for early stage technology companies.

The number of invention disclosures increased to 52 since January 2012, in contrast to the three disclosures received in the previous year.

  • Of the 52 invention disclosures, many included students, and two were developed exclusively by students.
  • 60 patent application filings and copyright filings have been completed.
  • 13 patents have been issued.
  • Four startup companies were formed: Zensor, Arctic Heat Technologies (formerly CFT Solutions), Cogniceutic Solutions, and Rhizoform.

Information on patents and patents pending at UAA is available on our website.

Videos of Research Commercialization in Action

UAA's new branding effort highlights patent-pending research developed on campus. UAA Engineers Anthony Paris, Jennifer Brock and John Lund developed an instrumented mouth guard with custom wireless capabilities that provides coaches and team physicians with accurate assessments when athletes experience head injuries.