Mr. Starks has worked under a NASA Space Act Agreement since 2001 developing and Marketing Technologies either developed or co-developed with NASA. He holds multiple patents including four of which he is co-inventor with NASA scientist.
On March 11, 2008 STS-123 launched with a experiment based on a Starks patent. Another of his patents (A steam applied antimicrobial) a Space Foundation Certified Technology has been exclusively licensed by STERIS medical for North America. Multiple companies have been formed around his patents.