Three more inducted into Patent Club

Linda Benedict  |  10/27/2006 9:37:51 PM

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 that have received patents or plant variety protection certificates.

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

The other new members are Steve Hall, assistant professor, and Randy Price, a former assistant professor, from the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering for their work with robotic devices to prevent bird predation in agricultural ponds and fields. Price has since left the AgCenter.

In addition, the AgCenter completed six licensing and royalty agreements:
  • Gary Breitenbeck, a professor in the Department of Agronomy & Environmental Management – Apparatus and method for in situ burning of oil spills.
  • William Hansel, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences – Nitric oxide-scavenging system for culturing oocytes, embryos, or other cells.
  • Gregg Henderson and Roger Laine, both professors 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.
  • Tim Croughan, 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 AgCenter filed seven patent applications and made 22 invention disclosures, according to David Boethel, vice chancellor for research. And two start-up companies were founded based on 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 with 40 percent of that money distributed as royalties to inventors and collaborators. Thirty-eight licenses have generated income, and currently 16 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 said. “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.

Linda Foster Benedict

(This article was published in the Fall 2006 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)
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