Regarding the quest
"to discover, develop and commercialize core principles of nature which give rise to information, consciousness and intelligence,"
have you considered that it could be consciousness that gives rise to matter, rather than the other way around?
And you said in your remarks:
"Anybody got a universe-generating mechanism?"
Yes, it already exists, has existed forever, and will persist eternally.
To quote the Dow de Jing, by Lao Tse
"Before the world in space was spun
Beneath the Heaven's feet,
There was a might spirit, one
Calm, wondrous and complete.
Timeless, yet moving, from its womb
All things came into birth.
This is the mystic bride and groom,
Maker of Heaven and Earth"
Or, in the language of modern science,
The same expression can be found in Unified Field Theory.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPhgDfT4Zpc
In terms of Mathematics and Physics, we have the Lagrangian:http://www.istpp.org/military_science/Hagelin_military_lecture.html
You want something tangible? Self-regenerating?
How about a human?
As for the commercialization of this knowledge - put the human to work doing whatever you want.
Hope this helps,