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NASA To Florida Health Companies: Spin Off Our Products

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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Kennedy Space Center's Mike Lester.

The same technology sending astronauts to space could be used here on Earth.

That’s the message from NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, which is reaching out to Florida health care companies and executives. Kennedy Space Center’s Mike Lester said NASA has more than 1,400 patents that companies can commercialize, including more than 40 health care patents.

“Some of our technologies that we develop for space also have applications for Earth,” Lester said. “And sometimes those technologies are better than what is in the marketplace. And so we’re required by law to provide those technologies to commercial business for their use.”

NASA estimates that in the last decade, spinoffs from its patented research have led to 18,000 jobs and $5.1 billion in revenue. But NASA says there aren’t enough Florida companies involved in that, and is reaching out to the private sector.

Lester said people can begin working with the technologies for free in some cases.

“Evaluation licenses, especially non-exclusive ones, are completely free,” Lester said. “We let you go play with the technology for a year, you can’t sell it or market it, but you can test it to see if it’s truly commercially viable.

Check here for a portal to search through the patents.


Reporter Abe Aboraya is part of WMFE in Orlando. Health News Florida receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

WMFE is a partner with Health News Florida, which receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.