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

How Ingenuity Is Art: Top Invention Stories from February

While creativity is often associated with art in its most traditional sense – sculptures, paintings, photography – Jemison reminds us that scientific innovation is a work of art in itself. In fact, creativity is intrinsically tied to much of our work.

Kymeta’s Latest: Blazing a Trail Toward Total Connectivity

Technology has enabled us to achieve a higher level of global interconnectivity than ever before. Yet even in our modern world there are still loose ends – those places where connectivity is still limited. Kymeta, is working to change this by delivering on what connectivity is meant to be – secure, available, universal and global.

IV’s Best Nine of 2016: Nine Pictures Worth 9,000 Words

As 2016 comes to a close, we’re depicting the year of ideas, inspiration and invention through nine of our favorite pictures that were taken at just the right moment in time. Because while the world of invention propels us forward quickly, it’s important to remember the milestones of progress that helped us get where we are today.

Top 16 Invention Stories That Had You Talking in 2016

It is in this space – where idealism meets ideas – that the magic of invention is brought to life. And as we look back on the 2016 inventions created around the world, and within our own walls at IV, we find inventors who pictured a better world and found a solution to make it happen.

Seattle Photonics Associates to Apply ISF Technology and Space Institute Grant Funding

Seattle Photonics Associates, a recent National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) grant recipient, is developing in-flight retinal imaging technology for possible use in space. The novel imaging technology builds on work supported by Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Science Fund.

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