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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

    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

    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

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.

Holographic beam-forming antenna startup Pivotal Commware raises $17M from Bill Gates and others

Pivotal is one of four metamaterials-based ventures that have been spun out from Intellectual Ventures, a technology incubator that's also based in Bellevue. The others are Kymeta, which focuses on flat-panel satellite antennas; Echodyne, which builds radar systems suited for drones and connected cars; and Evolv, which is working on security scanning applications.

Kymeta names e3 Systems as exclusive distributor of satellite antennas for yachts

Intellectual Ventures spinout Kymeta says a Spanish company known as e3 Systems will be its exclusive global distribution partner for flat-panel satellite antennas designed for the yacht market.

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