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Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role


By David Schwartz
Published: May 23rd, 2017

In the not so distant past, the tech transfer office’s role was distinct and well defined: move disclosures through the pipeline to either licensing, start-up formation or to the storage shelf and obtain appropriate patent protection. Of course there’s so much more to it, but the broad outline was clear, with well marked borders.

But as more and more universities recognize the valuable linkages between the “old” role played by TTOs and the industry partners that have become vital sources of research funding, that role is expanding. Tech transfer execs that have embraced this broader vision are finding it offers both opportunities for professional growth as well as a huge trove of opportunities for the university research enterprise — funding opportunities, research partnerships, and regional business relationships.

But to meet the demands of these new opportunities, you and your office must be ready, willing and able to seek out and manage them. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this crucial 90-minute webinar, scheduled for June 21: Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By David Schwartz
Published: May 23rd, 2017

Managing conflicts of interest (COIs) between funding sources, faculty researchers, and the start-ups they create is always a tough challenge for tech transfer, sponsored research, and compliance offices that requires much coordination and careful handling. Although tech transfer and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinout, or partnership, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle — and it’s fraught with danger not only for the university, but also for its faculty.

That’s why we’re created the three-session distance learning collection Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research, to provide a solid set of guidelines and proven strategies to ensure COI issues related to commercialization activity are addressed effectively. These three programs are included in the collection:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Ensuring Compliance with Financial Conflict of Interest Regs
  • Best Practices for Managing Conflicts of Interest in Faculty Start Ups

For complete program and faculty details, or to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Stanford’s Katharine Ku to detail best practices in cultivating research agreements with philanthropic organizations


By David Schwartz
Published: May 16th, 2017

Working with a philanthropic organization might sound like a walk in the park on a sunny day, but increasingly the research funding you receive from a “charity” comes with as many challenges and requirements as a VC investment or a licensing deal.

It used to be that these types of organizations offered grants and little in the way of oversight or management of projects. But times have changed, research is big business, and today’s agreements with philanthropic groups present unique issues and can be extremely difficult to manage without the proper terms and stringent reporting systems in place. It may seem counterintuitive coming from a philanthropy standpoint, but each organization has its own unique agenda and there are questions you must ask before diving in head-first: Are they looking for certain scientific outcomes? What are their interests in IP ownership, royalties and return on investment?

Our Distance Learning Division is pleased to announce Katharine Ku of Stanford University as the program leader for Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations, scheduled for June 14. Katharine has years of first-hand experience dealing with research agreements involving non-profits, and she is ready to present this practical session that will take a detailed look at specific issues to consider before entering into a partnering deal.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

Working with a philanthropic organization might sound like a walk in the park on a sunny day, but increasingly the research funding you receive from a “charity” comes with as many challenges and requirements as a VC investment or a licensing deal.

It used to be that these types of organizations offered grants and little in the way of oversight or management of projects. But times have changed, research is big business, and today’s agreements with philanthropic groups present unique issues and can be extremely difficult to manage without the proper terms and stringent reporting systems in place. It may seem counterintuitive coming from a philanthropy standpoint, but each organization has its own unique agenda and there are questions you must ask before diving in head-first: Are they looking for certain scientific outcomes? What are their interests in IP ownership, royalties and return on investment?

Our Distance Learning Division is pleased to announce Katharine Ku of Stanford University as the program leader for Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations, scheduled for June 14. Katharine has years of first-hand experience dealing with research agreements involving non-profits, and she is ready to present this practical session that will take a detailed look at specific issues to consider before entering into a partnering deal.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

Managing conflicts of interest between funding sources, faculty researchers, and the start-ups they create is always a tough challenge that requires much coordination between departments at the university. Although TTOs and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinoff, or other arrangement, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle.

Now you can gain from the knowledge of three highly experienced COI veterans, who analyze and provide solid guidance on the blurred lines of conflicts as they relate to research, funding, and start-ups in the university setting.

For details on the Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research – available on DVD, on-demand video, or print transcript, CLICK HERE >>

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that helps researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At PSU, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses. To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners. Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By David Schwartz
Published: April 25th, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that help researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At PSU, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses. To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners.

Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway. For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success


By David Schwartz
Published: April 25th, 2017

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to faculty incentives and disclosure management challenges, the policies and strategies you use form the foundation of your faculty relationships while also serving as a firewall against compliance problems, legal disputes, and public relations nightmares.

Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success is a four-hour collection of distance learning programs that identifies best practices and proven strategies from your peers across the country who have successfully tackled policy issues and implemented key practices to protect the university while also building solid relationships with inventive faculty.

The four programs included in the collection are:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Departing Faculty: How to Protect University IP, Avoid Legal Disputes, and Preserve Funding
  • Amending University IP Ownership Policies to Boost Disclosures and Corporate Interest
  • Incentivizing University Faculty for Commercialization Activity

For complete details or to order, CLICK HERE.

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By David Schwartz
Published: April 18th, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that help researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

The Office of Industrial Partnerships, which created and manages the Innovation Gateway, says the tool “provides faculty with an unprecedented level of service” in building industry collaborations — a far cry from most universities’ informal and unstructured efforts that can only skim the surface of potential ties between thousands of research projects and the corporations that may have an interest in those investigations– along with the dollars to support them.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At PSU, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses.

To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners.

Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Export Control Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: April 18th, 2017

Under U.S. export control regulations, many common university research practices could put you at risk of thousands of dollars in civil or criminal fines or debarment from federal contracts. To help ensure you steer clear of these danger zones, we’ve created Best Practices in Export Control Compliance, a distance learning collection containing two critically acclaimed programs:

Export Control Update: Technology Transfer and the Boundaries of Fundamental Research, featuring compliance expert Jennifer Saak, PhD, export control expert with over 20 years experience, provides details on the latest regulatory changes along with real-world case studies of noncompliance and as well as best practice compliance efforts.

Deemed Export Compliance: A Workshop for University TTOs provides hands-on guidance and best practices for creating a deemed export compliance program and a thorough review of regulations and developments in export controls, including the I-129 visa application revisions and the implications of the Roth verdict.

For complete details, CLICK HERE >>

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Next week: Webinar on drafting and negotiating preferential rights in IP licenses and SRAs


By David Schwartz
Published: April 11th, 2017

Preferential rights clauses allow customized access to IP assets and can be a significant negotiating point when drafting deals with research partners. But, if these provisions are improperly drafted or allocated in the license, you risk leaving dollars on the table — or even inadvertently giving away your future stake in the IP. Next Tuesday, April 18,

Drafting and Negotiating Preferential Rights in University IP Licenses and Sponsored Research Agreements will offer a detailed look at drafting and negotiation strategies and best practices for addressing the structure, assignment and enforcement of preferential rights. Join us for this important webinar led by University of Utah Technology and Licensing Manager Beth Drees, PhD, MBA, and Dr. Antoine Bellemare, Technology Transfer Officer at Université Laval.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Expert guidance on drafting and negotiating preferential rights in IP licenses and SRAs


By David Schwartz
Published: April 4th, 2017

Preferential rights clauses allow customized access to IP assets and can be a significant negotiating point when drafting deals with research partners. But, if these provisions are improperly drafted or allocated in the license, you risk leaving dollars on the table — or even inadvertently giving away your future stake in the IP.

Drafting and Negotiating Preferential Rights in University IP Licenses and Sponsored Research Agreements will offer a detailed look at drafting and negotiation strategies and best practices for addressing the structure, assignment and enforcement of preferential rights. Join us on April 18th for this important webinar led by University of Utah Technology and Licensing Manager Beth Drees, PhD, MBA, and Dr. Antoine Bellemare, Technology Transfer Officer at Université Laval.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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