Invention Science Fund

The Invention Science Fund (ISF) is rethinking, refining, and recreating the process of invention from idea to market. Established in 2003, ISF is an interdisciplinary team that includes 11 of the top 50 American inventors. The team focuses on enabling breakthrough technologies to thrive globally—through Invention Sessions, licensing, joint ventures and startups—in areas such as metamaterials, biomedical technologies, energy, communications, the Internet of Things and more. These inventions have led to an array of spinout companies, partnerships and products that have received hundreds of millions of investment dollars for commercialization.

Our Work

  • Metamaterials


    For over a decade, ISF has explored the vast potential of metamaterials—a class of synthetic materials engineered to have properties not found in nature. Applications of this growing field are vast; current areas of focus include acoustics, communications, imaging, and radar.

  • Biomedical


    Our inventions support the entire healthcare sector – from aiding physicians in their diagnosis, monitoring, and delivery of patient care, to improving the methods and research technologies available to medical biologists and healthcare systems.

  • Advanced Physics

    Advanced Physics

    ISF actively invents in the physical sciences within areas such as energy, transportation, optics, and agriculture/food. Building on the success of physics-based spinouts, TerraPower, Kymeta, and Evolv, ISF continues to innovate while addressing the biggest problems of the 21st century.

  • Information and Communications Technology

    Information and Communications Technology

    Our work in ICT spans the spectrum of applications in the field: from processor security to augmented reality systems, from audio and wireless communications to data structures. ISF’s holistic approach provides insight into the gaps between related technologies allowing for complete solutions to complex problems.

News & Articles

ISF Incubator Launches New Startup Juice-BX, a Provider of Charging Stations for Smart Devices

ISF Incubator, the startup arm of Intellectual Ventures, has launched Juice-BX, a startup building power-charging stations for smart devices.

Technium and Intellectual Ventures Collaborate to Create Venture Backed Startups

The Invention Science Fund (ISF) Incubator, the new startup arm at Intellectual Ventures, and Utah-based Technium announced today a strategic relationship to accelerate the creation of high-impact technology startup companies.

Accelerating Impact

ISF Incubator calls for entrepreneurs who want to bring next-generation tech to big markets

Intellectual Ventures spinoff Pivotal raises $17M from Bill Gates, others

Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware announces a $17 million funding round Friday, led by The Thermo Companies and DIG Investment, with participation from Microsoft co-founder Gates, Lux Capital and real estate investor Barry Sternlicht.

Intellectual Ventures spinout raises $17 million from Bill Gates, others

Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware raised $17 million from investors including Bill Gates, satellite company Globalstar's majority owner and the family office of real estate mogul Barry Sternlicht.

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