UTRF licenses first technology developed by UTIA Extension

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) executed a license agreement earlier this year with Seed Vac Solutions, marking organization’s first license to a start-up based on innovation from the Extension group in UT’s Institute of Agriculture (UTIA).

As described in this article from the latest edition of the UTRF News, the technology that was licensed to the start-up was developed by the two Co-Founders who are UTIA employees. It is a strip-trial seed vacuum system, or Seed Vac, that is faster and easier to use than existing options. Previously, the two conducted large-plot trials by loading up all their equipment – seed bags, cords, generators, buckets, shop vacs and more – into the back of a truck. Then, they went through a field behind the planter, vacuuming the hoppers out and refilling them with new seed varieties at the end of each row.

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