Technology Transfer

  • High Date Rate Underwater Communications
    Opical Modem, providing high-speed, omni-directional underwater communication at 1-80 MBits/s over ranges of 1 to 200m using blue LED arrays and recievers. (Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


The Office for Technology Transfer's mission is to facilitate the global use of innovations arising from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's relationship with the sea.

Services Provided

The Office for Technology Transfer covers intellectual property protection and technology transfer activities at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The office supports scientists, engineers, research staff, and students in the translation of their ideas into useful products and services. 

The office provides the following services:

  • Patent filing
  • Licensing
  • Legal support
  • Forms and agreements
  • WHOI start up company support and venture capital funding
  • Import/export issues related to technology transfer
  • Identify and coordinate funding sources for WHOI PIs (e.g., SBIR)


To find out more, please contact the Office for Technology Transfer.

David Knaack
Director, Office for Technology Transfer
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
49 School Street, MS #53
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-3556