Visible Legacy Navigator Now Includes Research and Innovations from Duke University

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Using cloud-based technologies the company now offers technology-search across multiple universities for Technology Scouts seeking academic innovations.

Visible Legacy™ adds more depth and breadth to its online interactive "map" of academic research for Technology Scouts such as industry IP Portfolio managers, business development executives, and research strategists. Using cloud-based technologies to scale up, Visible Legacy has mapped the research and innovations at Duke University.

Last year, Visible Legacy announced the expansion of its map of research at Stanford University by tripling the number of nodes, where each node represents a person, project, or organization ( Now Visible Legacy has again quadrupled the number of nodes by adding the over 8000 faculty, investigators and post-docs of Duke University to the growing data set. Additionally, as the data includes more NIH grants, the collaborators from many other institutions are included. This rich data offers Tech Scouts the opportunity to explore technology across universities to find the perfect fit and quickly connect with the innovators.

The firm has also continued to add features to its Visible Legacy Navigator™ website portal including improved map rendering speed, more refined map density based on intelligent prioritization of collaborative connections, and the ability for users to save and share maps. Please visit the site at

“We have been able to parallelize our proprietary data analysis engine to support multiple universities by refactoring our engine using cloud-based technologies — we’re scaling up beyond Stanford,” says Scott Van Duyne, company chief scientist and co-founder. “We have greatly expanded our data set by including investigators from Duke University, their Lab organizations, career history, papers, patents, grants, and news. We also redesigned how our pre-searched maps emphasize clusters of people and projects based on closest collaborations over time to help clarify the context.” The knowledge-base explored through Navigator now contains 1.5 million nodes, comprised of 5 million entities and 20 million attributes.

“We are very excited to add Duke to the research ecosystem that can be explored with Navigator,” says Will Snow, managing director and co-founder of Visible Legacy. “I’m pleased that the user interface is still fast even while the number of nodes is increasing dramatically and that we can show our sponsors we can add another university in short order. Most important, however, is that we can now serve Tech Scouts with the ability to search a topic across multiple institutions, the most requested feature.”

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About Visible Legacy

Visible Legacy's mission is to help speed the translation of academic research into real-world solutions. The firm's proprietary machine intelligence algorithms gather information from public-facing academic websites and power a cloud-based service which presents this context as “maps” in an online interactive portal called Visible Legacy Navigator™ to industry “Tech Scouts” and other users. Navigator lets users follow the story of innovation, making connections more quickly to resources and knowledge, helping industry and research organizations find suitable technology and expert teams. The website is offered free through the support of sponsors. The founders are an experienced team who have collaborated on multiple successful startup companies. The privately-held for-profit company was formed in 2010 and is based in Palo Alto, CA.

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