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Keeping an eye on cell phone-based commercial transactions and identity management  


UMKC_LR.pngEye-vein biometrics is a revolutionary new ocular biometric modality that was conceived and developed by Dr. Reza Derakhshani (pictured left), associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Missouri—Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering along with Dr. Arun Ross at West Virginia University.  

With research funding from the University of Missouri System FastTrack funding program, the National Science Foundation, Center for Identification Technology Research, and The Fort Leonard Wood Trust, Derakhshani and Ross devised a novel, practical and uniquely capable biometric tool that is likely to change the nature of biometric approaches for commercial, industrial and homeland security applications.

Uniquely, eye-vein biometrics analyzes the only exposed and easily seen vasculature in our bodies: the veins in the white of the eye. Eye vasculature can easily be captured even with cell phone cameras. Thus, this vascular-class and highly accurate biometric tool has an instant global impact given the historically unprecedented availability of camera phones across the globe. 

The vascular-based biometric technology, developed by Derakhshani and Ross, is currently being commercialized by EyeVerify™ (, a Kansas City-based startup founded by local entrepreneur and EyeVerify™’s CEO Toby Rush, through an exclusive licensing agreement with UMKC. Derakhshani also serves as the company’s chief scientist.  Soon, it is likely that most cell phone-based financial and secure transactions will be “verified” using technology developed and led by a team of engineers and entrepreneurs from Kansas City.

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Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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