Technology Transfer

Successful technology transfer results achieved within ICTEAM are illustrated by patents issued and several spin-offs initiated by ICTEAM members.

Patents

Here is the list of active patent families (patent applications and granted patents) that involve at least one member of the ICTEAM institute. All mentioned dates are priority dates. Complete information is available using the links to the published international applications. Other patent applications have been recently filed (not yet published), in particular in the fields of proton therapy, solar cell, video compression…

  • WO2016083391 : Miniaturized device for determining a breathing pattern. N. André, D. Flandre, P. Gérard, G. Gosset, T. Walewyns, L. Francis. 24/11/2014
  • WO2015110646 : “Image sensor” with gain-stage gating. D. Bol, N. Couniot. 24/01/2014
  • WO2015110647 : “Image sensor” with adaptive body biasing. D. Bol, N. Couniot. 24/01/2014
  • WO2015086543 : Establishing a data transfer connection. O. Bonaventure, G. Detal, Ch. Paasch. 09/12/2013
  • WO2015032950 : Hybrid electrode for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery. A. Vlad, J.-F. Gohy, S. Melinte. 9/09/2013
  • WO2015015000 : Signature of cycling hypoxia and use thereof for the prognosis of cancer. O. Feron, R. Boidot, S. Branders, P. Dupont, T. Helleputte. 02/08/2013
  • WO2010127418 : Systems and methods for the autonomous production of videos from multi-sensored data. F. Chen, Ch. De Vleeschouwer. 07/05/2009
  • WO2008132210 : Ultra-low-power circuit. D. Bol, D. Flandre, J.-D. Legat. 30/04/2007
  • WO2007093018 : Internal stress actuated micro-and nanomachines for testing physical properties of micro and nano-sized material samples. N. André, M. Coulombier, D. Fabrège, T. Pardoen, J.-P. Raskin. 14/02/2006
  • WO2005031853 : Process for manufacturing a multilayer structure made from semiconducting materials. F. Brunier, D. Lederer, J.-P. Raskin. 26/09/2003
  • WO2002050911 : Ultra-low power basic blocks and their uses. S. Adriaensen, V. Dessard, D. Flandre, D. Levacq. 21/12/2000
  • US 7616690 B2 : Method and apparatus for adaptive encoding framed data sequences , C. De Vleeschouwer. 31/10/2000

 

Spin-offs

Several spin-offs have been created based on research results obtained within ICTEAM.

Based on research led by Pr B. Macq and Pr J.-J. Quisquater (UCL-ICTEAM/ELEN), intoPIX was set up in 2006 by J.-F. Nivart, Dr G. Rouvroy and Pr F.-X. Standaert. This independent image technology company benefits from world-class expertiseand knowledge in image processing, cryptography and microelectronics and provides its customers with leading-edge image and video compression, security and hardware enforcement IP cores for audiovisual markets.
intoPIX has become the reference provider of JPEG 2000 tools for digital cinema and now leads the way with cost-effective solutions for digital acquisition, post-production, video over IP, contribution, storage and archiving. intoPIX technologies are dedicated to digital cinema, broadcasting, post-production, archiving, wireless, medical, aerospace, security, telecoms and any other audiovisual applications where image quality is crucial.

Next step: Deployment of the TICO product on the market.

  • Technology and Engineering Emmy ®Award : 2014.
  • 100% market share in 4K cinema projection and more than 25% of the worldwide movie theatres equiped with the intoPIX technology : 2011.
  • Spin-off creation : March 2006.
  • Research project beginning : 2001

Contact information :

www.intopix.com
Rue Emile Francqui, 9 - 1435 Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium

e-peas was founded in 2014 by Dr G. Gosset and Dr J. De Vos, based on the conviction that the trillions of connected nodes of the Internet-of-Things to be deployed in the next few years will require disruptive solutions to avoid battery replacement.

e-peas relies on 10 years of research, supported by the Walloon Region and the EU under the direction of Pr D. Bol and Pr D. Flandre (UCL-ICTEAM/ELEN), and on their patented disruptive technologies.

The unique approach of e-peas is based on both increasing the amount of harvested energy and drastically reducing the energy consumption of all power-consuming blocks in the electronic system. The spin-off company offers a portfolio of integrated circuits: management unit for photovoltaic and thermoelectric harvesters, microcontrollers and sensors solutions, all designed to improve system robustness and reduce application development time.

Next step: First prototype of microcontroler (early 2016).

  • First prototype of ambient energy manager : 2015.
  • Spin-off creation : December 2014.
  • “Proof of Concept” Grant : 2013.
  • “FIRST Spin-off” Grant : 2012.
  • Research project beginning : 2006.

Contact information:

www.e-peas.com
Liege Airport, Building B50, 4460 Grâce-Hollogne, Belgium

IBA, a spin-off company of UCL established in 1986, has become the world leader in proton therapy by developing its expertise in particle accelerators for cancer treatment. IBA, UCL (Pr B. Macq (ICTEAM/ELEN) and Pr J. Lee (IREC/MIRO)) and the Walloon Region teamed up in 2011, establishing the iMagX team, with a view to developing innovative imaging solutions to improve the accuracy of proton therapy.

Consequently, iMagX was launched as part of a public-private partnership, which ended in September 2015. So, 25 years after its creation, IBA has returned to its home university with some pioneering challenges that have enabled the UCL teams and IBA to achieve a world premiere: the first proton therapy guided by volumetric imaging in the treatment room at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

  • Date of licence agreement : September 2015.
  • “Proof of Concept” Grant : 2013.
  • Research project beginning : 2011.

Contact information:

Prof. Benoît Macq, Prof. John Lee

The Tessares solution leverages a new protocol standard, Multipath TCP (MPTCP), allowing one Internet session to be conveyed on several paths over different access networks.
Pr O. Bonaventure, Dr S. Barré and Dr G. Detal (UCL/ICTEAM/INGI) had already significantly contributed to the definition of the standard and the implementation of its reference software before being joined by D. Périquet, who brings a wealth of industry experience in the telecoms world.

Launched in 2015, Tessares is a technology start-up active in the R&D and commercialisation of software solutions that significantly improve the performance and quality of Internet access without requiring the deployment of additional resource-hungry infrastructure.

  • Next step: Proof of concept phase within Proximus lab and technical field trial within Proximus commercial ecosystem.
  • Industrial partnership agreement with Proximus : 2015.
  • Spin-off creation : March 2015.
  • “Proof of Concept” Grant : 2014.
  • “FIRST Spin-off” Grant : 2013.
  • Research project beginning : 2008.

Contact information:

www.tessares.net
Rue Louis de Geer, 6 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Other spin-offs include:

CETIC is the Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technologies, focusing on applied research and technology transfer in the field of software engineering, Service oriented technologies and embedded systems. CETIC is a connecting agent between academic research, including ICTEAM, and industrial companies.