Success Stories

Molaris-XG Software

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

Syntouch: Quantifying Touch

Headquartered in Los Angeles near the University Park Campus, USC spinout SynTouch developed and sells the first sensor technology that endows robots with the ability to replicate, and sometimes exceed, the human sense of touch. SynTouch mimics the physical properties… Read more

Argus II Retinal Prosthesis

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system is the first FDA-approved implanted electronic device to re-establish some functional vision in blind patients. The innovation was co-invented and co-developed by USC inventor Dr. Mark Humayun with the company Second Sight Medical Products,… Read more

Light Stage

Dr. Paul Debevec and collaborators from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC Viterbi School of Engineering created the Light Stages to make believable digital doubles for movies, television, video games and immersive simulations by capturing and simulating how… 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

Dr. Ronald Salovey of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed high-performing and long-lasting crosslinked polyethylene technology for artificial human joints. The technology was licensed to a major orthopedics company, which uses it in two of its hip prosthetics. The… 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

Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc.

USC Professors Drs. 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 – human, recombinant type… Read more

Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED)

Dr. Mark E. Thompson with his collaborators at USC and Princeton University developed organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology that Universal Display Corporation (UDC) has advanced and commercialized into an international business. This disruptive technology can be found in a number… Read more