University of Memphis Licenses Intellectual Property to St. Louis Company

April 23, 2018 - The University of Memphis Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) recently licensed its intellectual property related to research conducted in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory by Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel and her students to Auditec Inc., a St. Louis-based company. Mendel is the interim associate dean of Graduate Studies, associate professor of Audiology in the UofM School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and coordinator of admissions. This work was conceived as part of a Department of Education Office of Special Education Program #H325100322.

Auditec Inc. offers a large variety of auditory test materials for audiologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing professionals and other trained medical professionals. The license to Auditec includes two speech recognition tests developed for use with Spanish-speaking children for the purpose of assessing their speech understanding: the Spanish Pediatric Speech Recognition Threshold Test (SPSRT) and the Spanish Pediatric Picture Identification Test (SPPIT). These tests can be easily used by clinics that lack access to bilingual audiologists or interpreters. The recordings present the Spanish target word to the patient while simultaneously presenting the English interpretation to the examiner. Each test includes a CD with a two-channel recording.

The OTT supports faculty conducting cutting-edge research and technology innovations. The FedEx Institute of Technology houses the OTT as part of a strategic mission to advance technology and research that strengthens the University of Memphis and the city of Memphis' reputation as a national leader in technology innovation.


Mary Ann Dawson l mdawson@memphis.edu l 901.678.1596