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UWF signs first international licensing agreement for faculty researcher invention

The University of West Florida has signed its first international licensing agreement for faculty researcher Joseph Moss’ invention. This invention, called a spin concentrator, aids in detecting harmful, disease-producing organisms in water through a filter device and method of sampling.

The spin concentrator includes interchangeable filters, which detects targeted species, making it stand out from similar products on the market.

“Our researchers are amazingly resourceful people,” said Martha Saunders, university provost and vice president of academic affairs. “They find ways to solve problems as they move through the scientific process. I’m pleased, but not surprised, that this invention has caught international attention. I believe it will be the first of many.”

The University signed the agreement with international company, GenIUL, which is based out of Spain. The agreement allows for the sale and distribution of the device, while protecting Moss’ intellectual property.

“Mr. Moss’ invention is an excellent example of how UWF researchers are working to solve key environmental problems,” said Richard Podemski, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school. “The spin concentrator is more effective, less costly and easier to use than commercially available products. The international license with GenIUL will enable its use across the globe.”

In 2012, this invention helped name Moss one of 16 finalists for the Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation Prize. The Cade Museum encourages inventors and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition.

Moss assists in several additional research projects for the UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, including the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) StormSurge project and the Florida Institute of Oceanography/BP FSU Coastal Watch initiative.