Helping Funders Find New Tech
One of the challenges of this project was allowing for potential investors to discover invaluable new technologies devised by elite researchers and inventors at Hopkins. The wealth of intellectual property at stake, and the myriad facets of industry that might be interested, meant the categorization and presentation of the content would be challenging. TBG proposed building a database searchable—by the general public as well as by administrators—by multiple facets such that Hopkins intellectual property could be found in numerous ways.
The JHTT site has as a main feature the ability for users to find what they need no matter how much or how little they already know. Users may search via keyword if they know exactly what they’re looking for. Or they may browse—important if they don’t know what exists—to discover new technologies. Categories users may browse include:
- Industry applications (e.g., engineering, healthcare, IT, veterinary)
- Specific health indication (e.g., asthma, cholera, premature aging)
- Scientific area (e.g., electrical engineering, material science, nanotechnology)
- Tangible property (e.g., antibodies, DNA vectors, xenografts)
- Technology (e.g., bioinformatics, stem cell, vaccine)
No matter what a potential investor is looking to fund, it can now be easily found.