Friday, May 10, 2013 -- New York, NY – LuminAID Lab and Columbia University have entered into an exclusive license agreement for two patent applications that cover inflatable solar powered lighting units.
Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, founders of LuminAID Lab, designed the solar light units in early 2010 while at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. With a particular interest in providing light to those affected by disaster, crisis, and conflict, their solar powered inflatable lantern design provides up to eight hours of LED light. The compact, water resistant lights are also inexpensive to produce and ship to high need areas. Covered by two provisional patent applications filed by Columbia University, 4000 donated lights – sponsored by charitable partners – have already been distributed, including to local victims of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
“LuminAID is excited to commercialize new products and applications of the inflatable solar light technology, and will work to make this technology accessible to victims of disaster and crises, and those who lack access to energy around the world” said Andrea Sreshta, co-founder of LuminAID Lab. “We look forward to growing our company with the resources, knowledge and support of Columbia University and Columbia Tech Ventures.”
“We are pleased to be working with LuminAID Lab to commercialize this innovative solar light,” said Jay Hickey, Technology Licensing Officer at Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office at Columbia University. “It is especially rewarding knowing that Anna and Andrea, former graduate students at Columbia, are making such a global impact with their idea. We look forward to our continued relationship with LuminAID Lab, and improving the lives of many as they gain access to renewable light.”
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