About New Renaissance Institute (NRI)

New Renaissance Institute (NRI) is a privately held interdisciplinary research and development institution engaged in multifaceted activities of pure research, development of new technologies, and new analytical theories.

Thematic Philosophy

New Renaissance Institute maintains a thematic philosophy that viable theoretic frameworks are as much a technology and tool of progress as hardware, materials, manufacturing processes, and software.

Highly-Interdisciplinary R&D

New Renaissance Institute specifically leverages an interworking of traditionally separated disciplines as a key tool in synthesis of new operable theory and useful technology.

Technology Licensing, Patent Licensing, Collaboration, and Outreach

NRI is set up to support a diversity of for-profit, non-profit, privately funded, grant-based, and partnership-based activities relating to original or emerging disciplines and technology areas.
New Renaissance Institute pursues a range of added value including licensable intellectual property, publications, and collaborations.
New Renaissance Institute produces research findings, inventions, designs, and analysis in the forms of:

  • Intellectual Property (Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer)
  • Patented and Patent-Pending Technology and Associated Whitepapers
  • Research Whitepapers
  • Journal Publications

NRI has collaborated with universities and individual researchers.

There are legacy patent licensees of NRI patents.

More recently, Advanced Microplate Technologies will be licensing a collection of NRI technologies and NRI patents applicable to next generation microplate technologies.


To date New Renaissance Institute has been entirely funded through private assets, licensing, patent transactions, technical consulting and patent consulting activities, forward revenue contracts, and SBIR grants. New Renaissance Institute has sold and licensed original intellectual property, created spinout companies, and performed outgoing technology transfer to its technology licensees. All licensing proceeds are used to fund its NRI-internal R&D; this is the sole basis of NRI’s licensing program. New Renaissance Institute welcomes proposals for spinout investments and other revenue opportunities.

Advanced Expertise Available

In addition to these and technology transfer programs, New Renaissance Institute has available expertise in pure mathematics, electronics, systems modeling, advanced networking, computer architecture, telecommunications architecture, music, acoustics, optics, multimedia systems, stochastic processes, chemical systems, selected areas of nanotechnology, and various additional topics in the arts, music, pure sciences, engineering, innovation, and humanities. NRI also has considerable expertise in high-value patent strategy and patent prosecution for start-ups and mid-sized corporations.

NRI Facilities

Spinout Companies

NRI has thus far spun out three revenue-producing companies:

  • New Renaissance Technology and Intellectual Property, Inc. (NRT&IP), initially “New Renaissance Commercial” was originally formed in 2010 to commercialize NRI’s fundamentally new technologies through investment-based incubating of spinout companies and to perform patent transactions. Spinouts were found to be more naturally emergent from NRI itself and NRT&IP has naturally transitioned to become a transaction entity for 3rd-Party intellectual property related to NRI’s activities. Lisa M. Negele is the founding CEO and co-owner of NRT&IP.
  • Advanced Touchscreen and Gesture Technologies, LLC (ATGT), based in San Antonio Texas, is a technology commercialization and IP licensing company working in the area of touch and gesture technologies. Launched in March 2015, ATGT was assigned a number of NRI patent assets in the touch and video gesture area, some of which are fundamental to current pervasive industry. ATGT is working commercialize 6DTouchTM, Xdimension MultiTouchTM, High Definition Touch Pad (HDTPTM), and GestureGrammarTM technologies originally developed by NRI (with some funding from NSF SBIR Phase I and II awards) and is licensing those technologies and patents from NRI.
  • NRI R&D Patent Licensing, LLC (NRI R&D PL) is the current patent licensing and patent sale vehicle for patents developed in NRI and ready for technology commercialization and commercial licensing. Launched in June 2017, NRI R&D PL has been assigned approximately 150 NRI issued and pending patent assets.

NRI is presently working to secure funding for a fourth spin out company, NoLens, Inc. in response to aspects of:

  • the expanding interest in plenoptic light-field imaging since the 2011 introduction of the Lytro camera and its 2011 Raytrix, 2004 Stanford University, and 1992 Adelson/Wang precursors,
  • the many emerging coded-aperture, phase-grading, and related lensless imaging cameras (circa 2011-2013 Cornell/Rambus “Fourier-Domain Microscale” and “Ultraminiature” imaging cameras, circa 2015 Rice University “FlatCam,” 2016 Hitachi Moire-Pattern lensless camera slated for 2018 productization, the 2017 CalTech Phase-Array lenseless camera, 2017 “DiffuserCam,” among others).

Although light-field imaging cameras date back to the 1908 work of Lippmann and coded-aperture (Gamma-Ray and X-Ray) imaging date back to the 1965 modulation collimator work of Oda and 1968 coded mask work of Dicke, the NRI visible-light lensless imaging camera technology suite dates back to NRI’s founder’s 1999 and 2008-2011 work at Avistar (that work and technology subsequently acquired from Avistar by NRI). The NRI approach is (1) widely-inclusive, (2) far broader in scope, implementation, features, capabilities, and technique, and (3) would appear to be of profound impact to the future of electronic imaging systems. The (recently allowed) NRI patent application 15/647,230 (published as 2018/0165823) includes a comprehensive review to the immense implications of the NRI lensless light-field imaging approach. Dr. Anton Rodde is the founding CEO of NoLens.