Office of Technology Development
HARVARD LICENSES BROAD PORTFOLIO OF NANOTECHNOLOGIES
PATENTS WILL ENABLE COMMERCIALIZATION OF PIONEERING WORK
OF PROF. GEORGE WHITESIDES ACROSS A BROAD RANGE OF
• Licenses cover more than 50 issued and pending patents around molecular self-
assembly, soft lithography and other nano-scale, molecular fabrication methods
developed by the Whitesides Laboratory at Harvard
• Nano-Terra is actively leveraging intellectual property and scientific expertise
through co-development agreements with major corporations and U.S.
Cambridge, MA, June 4, 2007 – Harvard University’s Office of Technology
Development (OTD) has licensed a broad portfolio of more than 50 issued and pending
patents of nano- and micro-scale molecular fabrication methods developed by Professor
George Whitesides and the Whitesides Laboratory at Harvard to Nano-Terra, Inc., a
newly formed, privately held company. Nano-Terra focuses on developing and
commercializing industrial applications of these technologies with corporate and
The agreement spans the life of the patents. Harvard will receive royalties from products
developed from these licensed technologies and will receive equity in Nano-Terra.
Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The licenses give Nano-Terra exclusive commercialization rights to these technologies in
areas outside of the biomedical field such as electronics, aerospace, energy, industrial
products, military uses, environmental testing, and consumer goods. Cambridge-based
Nano-Terra is already pioneering a number of advanced technology platforms which
employ the design and manipulation of molecular structures for the creation of new
properties and functionalities in materials and intends to broaden its technology portfolio.
Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard University’s Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology
Development Officer, said, “We believe that