Working with university Tech Transfer offices and various government research institutes, Marblar originally set out to tackle the problem in which authors of scientific discoveries very often don’t know what practical uses, if any, their breakthroughs might have.
Marblar is a product development platform that lets users generate ideas for commercial uses of scientific discoveries that lay dormant in universities and research labs around the globe. Today the company is upping the stakes.
Marblar’s platform aims to make “lightning strike more often. It plans to do so through expert curation, crowdsourcing and gamification in a way that encourages lateral thinking, greater creativity, and collaboration among people from different disciplines.
Then the realisation: If Marblar were ever going to really fulfill its mission, it needed to not only persuade IP holders to post their discoveries on the site, but also to find commercial partners with a proven track record of bringing new technologies and products to market who would buy into its collaborative model to help find the next breakthrough product.
In a development that sees it get access to half a billion dollars’ worth of patents from NASA, ETRI, and the University of Pennsylvania, the London-based startup has also signed Samsung as a commercial partner to offer users the chance to help create the company’s next product and earn a share of revenue along the way