Success Stories

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Nobel Laureate, Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern California, is best known for his work on computational biochemistry and biophysics. He pioneered computer simulations of the functions of biological systems, and developed what… Read more

Asynchronous Circuits

Peter Beerel from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed technology for automating design of asynchronous circuits, enabling the development of dramatically higher performing chips that consume much less power than state-of-the-art counterparts. The technology was licensed to Fulcrum Microsystems… Read more

A robot hand equipped with SynTouch's BioTac sensors


USC spinout SynTouch LLC developed and sells the first sensor technology that endows robots with the ability to replicate, and sometimes exceed, the human sense of touch. Its lead product, the BioTac® mimics the physical properties and sensory capabilities of… Read more

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Argus II Retinal Prosthesis

Along with Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., Dr. Mark Humayun and his teams from USC Neuroscience and the Doheny Eye Institute contributed to the development of the underlying hardware and software platform for the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system, the… Read more

Light Stage

Paul Debevec and Aghijeet Ghosh from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC Viterbi School of Engineering created Light Stage to make photo-real characters and digital assets for use in film, television, videogames, and immersive simulations. Movie credits include… Read more


Kathleen Danenberg, Peter Danenberg and Steven Swenson from the Keck School of Medicine of USC founded Response Genetics to leverage breakthrough, patented technology from USC for the extraction of genetic information from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded clinical trial samples. Now a publicly… Read more



Peter Laird of the Keck School of Medicine of USC developed MethyLight technology, which is employed in Epigenomics AG’s proColon screening test that provides early detection of colon cancer with a simple blood draw. Epigenomics is also currently developing similar tests… Read more



Nobel Laureate, George A. Olah, and USC Professor, G.K. Surya Prakash, of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute developed the Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC). DMFC technology provides a clean and efficient method for generating grid-independent electricity directly from methanol,… Read more

Polyethylene Technology for Artificial Human Joints

Ronald Salovey of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed high performing and long lasting cross-linked polyethylene technology for artificial human joints. The technology was licensed to DePuy Orthopaedics, a J&J company, which uses it in its Marathon® hip prosthetic… Read more

Language Weaver

Kevin Knight and Daniel Marcu from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering founded Language Weaver in 2002 to commercialize a statistical approach to automatic language translation and natural language processing. Language Weaver uses statistical techniques from cryptography, applying machine-learning algorithms… Read more

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Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc.

USC Professors Dr. David Woodley and Mei Chen from the Keck School of Medicine of USC helped form Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc. in order to commercialize their research finding that a specialized protein in connective tissue – recombinant collagen C7… Read more

OLED Technology

Mark E. Thompson, Peter I. Djurovich, Nicos Petasis and William Weber of the USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences developed organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology that is licensed to Universal Display Corp. Today, the technology… Read more