Unencumbered by the narrow demands of a specific industry or focus, we specialize in solving cross-disciplinary problems that need different approaches for lasting solutions. Our model encourages free ranging collaboration across disciplines. Combined with a technical and entrepreneurial environment, we have cultivated a culture that engenders the necessary creativity to achieve remarkable solutions. Our investors are committed to the potentially long-term efforts that solutions to big problems demand; allowing us to pursue technologies that have the potential to transforms industries.
Perhaps the best illustration of what makes ISF unique is our Invention Sessions. We bring together scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and experts from various fields in a conference room to tackle problems that have persisted for many years. These wide-ranging sessions seed the fund with a trove of ideas and insightful starting points for further follow-on invention. Much of the work highlighted below was born out of an Invention Session.
Metamaterials are artificial materials with unique electromagnetic properties; they are structures that do not exist in the natural world. Made from assemblies of multiple elements fashioned from composite materials such as metals or plastics, metamaterials derive their properties from their newly designed structures. Their precise shape, geometry, size, orientation, and arrangement gives them their smart properties. These properties are capable of manipulating electromagnetic waves by blocking, absorbing, enhancing, or bending, in order to achieve benefits far beyond what is possible with conventional materials. Metamaterials can manipulate incoming electro-magnetic radiation such as light or radio waves to redirect it in a variety of potentially useful ways. ISF has researched exotic applications of metamaterials—such as cloaking devices—but instead focuses on more practical applications of the technology in radar, imaging, communications, and acoustics.
While a hyper-interdisciplinary approach to innovation informs all of ISF’s work, this is most apparent in our biomedical innovations. Our work in this area is comprehensive, improving every facet of the biomedical and health industry from the lab to the patient. Examples include data-gathering implantable and wearable devices integrated with patient health plans and medication delivery mechanisms to enhanced care rooms and cutting-edge lab processes and equipment.
Our Advanced Physics group works with both the nature and properties of materials, energy, and elements in highly complex and powerful ways. Whether we are engineering materials in concert with aerogels, expanding the usefulness of carbon nanotubes for energy dissipation, utilizing of sound waves to direct energy or protect surrounding applications, or to creating remarkable stand-alone inventions, a deep understanding of physics informs every aspect of what we do.
Information and Communications Technology
Our work in ICT spans every aspect of this broad industry, from data structures and encryption, to wireless communications hardware and audio beaming. Precisely because this space is so broad, ISF has found that approaching ICT innovation from a holistic, vertically integrated standpoint leads to collective insights that would be difficult to obtain in a fragmented fashion.