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Industry-Sponsored Research Management, April 2017 Issue

Industry-Sponsored Research Management, April 2017 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2017 issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management monthly newsletter. 

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Industry-Sponsored Research Management
Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2017

  • Industry partnerships coming in more varieties as universities gain leverage. Examples of innovative sponsored research arrangements between universities and corporations are increasingly common. One veteran tech transfer executive says that’s at least in part a function of the corporate side of the equation improving its input into the collaborations. “This may not make me overly popular in some circles,” comments Larry Hope, associate director of new ventures and business development at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston, “but for years, industry was arguably abusive to academic partners.”
  • Individual research labs developing web sites with a focus on attracting industry. The typical research lab’s website is not exactly a marketer’s dream. Along with the lab chief and researcher bios, you’re likely to see dense descriptions of scientific endeavors, a few press releases about the latest research paper, and photos of research in progress — not the stuff to attract hordes of page views and attention from “customers.”
  • Industry giving top marks for U Minnesota’s royalty-free licensing option. Listening to your customers is a key to success in virtually any field, and it is clear that the operators of the University of Minnesota’s MN-IP licensing program have put that principle to good use. While their initial standardized licensing options in the program have proven very successful, the university recently introduced a third option.
  • Stanford adds widgets on website that map IP and research connections. Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) has debuted a new feature on TechFinder, its online technology transfer portal: embedded widgets that visually illustrate the connections between researchers, technologies, projects, publications, and patents.
  • Co-development model aims to attract more industry partnerships. Money doesn’t flow from the federal government like it used to, so universities are looking for new ways to attract funding from industry sources. At the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, leaders in the engineering school are using a “co-development” model that they say can make their projects much more attractive to industry than the traditional approach.
  • How to enhance integration between TTOs and sponsored research. Technology transfer, sponsored research and corporate engagement offices must work more closely together than ever, but as activity in each accelerates, finding common ground can be difficult.

Posted March 10th, 2017

Industry-Sponsored Research Management premiere issue

Industry-Sponsored Research ManagementThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the PREMIERE issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management monthly newsletter. This issue is available as a free download here.

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  • Standardized four-phase process leads to influx of industry partnerships. The Office of Innovation and Industry Alliances at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, recently announced a three-year deal with Incyte Corp. in Wilmington, DE, to fund three new oncology research programs. This latest agreement capped off a roughly two-year span where the Innovation Office has reaped some $35 million in funding from industry partnerships with such companies as Forma Therapeutics, Celgene Corp., Biotheranostics, Signal Genetics, Lion Biotechnologies, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  • New model of industry collaboration relies on systematic start-up creation. A new model of industry-academia collaboration being applied by a pharmaceutical giant is very rapidly turning university innovations into start-up companies — and in many cases just as quickly shutting the start-up down.
  • To match industry needs, university applies ‘lean’ principles to labs and faculty. The “lean start-up” is all the rage in tech circles, and it made an impression on Dan Langford, manager of industry partnerships at University of Nevada Reno and its Desert Research Institute. But with no incubator and not much focus on start-ups at UNR-DRI, it struck Langford that lean principles could also be applied earlier in the research commercialization process in the institute’s labs.
  • With closer ties in sponsored research agreements, ignore tax issues at your peril. More universities are getting comfortable with deeper, more integrated forms of sponsored research as they attempt to improve industry relationships and move more IP to market. But industry-sponsored research programs must be careful not to violate certain tax rules that these arrangements can run afoul of.
  • Jumpstart industry-sponsored research by reducing IP-related barriers. As most research offices have too-often seen, for many companies intellectual property terms in a research agreement are a barrier to a deal.

Posted January 16th, 2017