3 More Inducted Into LSU AgCenter Patent Club

Linda Benedict, Boethel, David J.  |  9/12/2006 2:18:37 AM

Dr. Steve Hall, left, and Dr. Giovanna DeQueiroz are two of the new inductees into the LSU AgCenter’s Patent Club. This year's inductees bring the number of members to 46 researchers who have received patents or plant variety protection certificates. Dr. David Boethel, right, is the LSU AgCenter's vice chancellor for research.

News Release Distributed 09/11/06

Three more scientists, including the first woman, have been inducted into the LSU AgCenter’s Patent Club, an elite group that now includes 46 researchers who have received patents or plant variety protection certificates.

The first female member is Dr. Giovanna DeQueiroz, a postdoctoral researcher at the Audubon Sugar Institute. She and Dr. Donal Day, a professor there, received a patent during the past year for their joint work with biocides.

The other new members are Dr. Steve Hall, assistant professor, and Dr. Randy Price, a former assistant professor, from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Their patent involved work with robotic devices to prevent bird predation in agricultural ponds and fields, which was completed before Price has left the LSU AgCenter for a position with another university.

In addition, the LSU AgCenter also completed six licensing and royalty agreements during the previous year or so. The researchers and intellectual property involved were:

–Dr. Gary Breitenbeck, a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Environmental Management – "Apparatus and method for in situ burning of oil spills."

–Dr. William Hansel, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences – "Nitric oxide-scavenging system for culturing oocytes, embryos or other cells."

–Dr. Gregg Henderson and Dr. Roger Laine in the Department of Entomology – "Extracts of vetiver oil as repellent and toxicant to ants, ticks and cockroaches," "Dihydronootkatone and tetrahydronootkatone as repellents to arthropods" and "Vetiver oil extracts as termite repellent and toxicant."

–Dr. Tim Croughan, a retired professor at the Rice Research Station – "Resistance to acetohydroxycid synthase-inhibiting herbicides."

–Day and DeQueiroz – "Biocide composition and related methods."

–Hall and Price – "Autonomous bird predation reduction device."

During the past year the LSU AgCenter filed seven patent applications and made 22 invention disclosures, according to Dr. David Boethel, vice chancellor for research.

Two start-up companies also were founded based on LSU AgCenter technology. They are Gold Biotechnology out of St. Louis, Mo., and TermiTech of Baton Rouge, La.

More than $5 million in royalty income was generated, and 40 percent of that money was distributed as royalties to inventors and collaborators. A total of 38 licenses have generated income, and 16 currently licenses are generating income, Boethel said.

"We continue to rank among the top research universities in the country as far as our rate of return on dollars invested in research and development," Boethel told a group gathered for a ceremony at the LSU AgCenter to honor club members last week (Sept. 7). "Our royalty income is more than 3 percent of our research expenditures as compared to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), for example, with 2.5 percent."

LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson commended all the researchers and the Intellectual Property office for their creativity and diligence.

"We continue to be the ‘crown jewel’ of technology transfer in the LSU System," Richardson said, referring to the term used in a consultant’s report from two years ago to describe the LSU AgCenter’s intellectual property accomplishments.

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Contacts:
David Boethel at (225) 578-4181 or dboethel@agcenter.lsu.edu
Bill Richardson at (225) 578-4161 or brichardson@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
Linda Foster Benedict at (225) 578-2937 or lbenedict@agcenter.lsu.edu

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