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Release Date: Friday, December 21, 2012 10:17 AM
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Howard University Announces Signed Technology Commercialization Agreement

Salk, Inc. Agrees to Incorporate Hygienic Women’s Undergarment Invention by Karen Wynn into Products


Wynn's online store, JoliSous
Karen Wynn's online store, Joli Sous, provides products with Wynn's new technology.

WASHINGTON (December 17, 2012) – Howard University is pleased to announce a signed technology commercialization agreement with Salk, Inc. to license and manufacture hygienic women's undergarments that include newly developed technology by Karen Wynn. Howard’s Intellectual Property Committee facilitated the technology commercialization agreement for Wynn's patent.

Wynn’s technology allows for the creation of sleek, youthful, modern and fashionable underwear, which can also effectively and comfortably protect against mild to moderate leakage. 

Wynn, former executive director of the School of Communication’s Communication Entrepreneurship Research and Resource Center (CERRC) program, nurtured her Joli Sous idea in the Center. The CERRC program offers emerging business owners the opportunity to incubate their concepts.

For many inventors, the biggest challenge is commercializing their patented inventions and successfully bringing them to the market. This often requires assistance from consultants.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Committee through the entire process,” said Wynn. “They researched prospects in my industry, helped in the negotiation process and continue to support my efforts as I bring my product to market."

Wynn’s technology is not restricted to use in typical incontinence scenarios, but is designed to provide peace of mind for women who may experience milder or more sporadic incidences occurring during exercise or athletic activity. 

Conventional solutions typically result in bulky or uncomfortable options, which can interfere with some women’s confidence and self-image. There was much synergy in the deal as Salk, Inc. has been manufacturing reusable adult incontinence products, for males and females, for over 50 years.

President Larry Salk, of Salk, Inc., congratulated all the parties involved in the project. “We know this venture will be successful and rewarding," he said.

Wynn operates the online store Joli Sous ( where products, which incorporate her technology, can be purchased.  Products will soon be available through Salk’s regular distribution channels as well. 

“The Howard University Intellectual Property Committee is excited about this latest achievement in our efforts to help nurture new technologies and bring them into the stream of commerce, where they can further serve humanity,” said John Gloster, senior associate general counsel and ex-officio member of the Intellectual Property Committee. “Look for more exciting developments to come.”

The Committee continues to facilitate numerous patents for faculty inventors through the University’s Intellectual Property policy, which is used to help Howard faculty members to properly file and patent inventions without bearing costly financial risks. The Committee also provides counsel for the successful marketing and commercialization of new inventions.

For more information or for commercial licensing opportunities, please visit or contact John Gloster or Daniel McCabe at (202) 806-2650 or



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