Even though there are some drawbacks in being a smaller tech transfer office, there are some great advantages as well. For instance, a smaller office can be quicker, more efficient, more creative, and less bureaucratic.
By not having bountiful resources at their fingertips like some of the “big players,” these offices and their staff are forced to be more creative with their commercialization flow, licensing deals and innovation triage, as well as financial and legal resources because they are always expected to do more with less. That dynamic often leads to innovative strategies and tactics – and ideas for saving time and money — that can benefit all TTOs, regardless of their size.
That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured two TTO directors from small offices to lead this practical, strategy-filled webinar:
Our presenters represent two distinctly different tech transfer offices in distinctly different areas of the country. Each presents its own unique set of challenges, but both TTOs have thrived by employing unique methods for doing more with less, and implementing efficiency strategies that allow for high ratios of commercialization per research dollar and per FTE. Whether your office is considered small or not, you’ll come away from this nuts-and-bolts session with dozens of proven strategies for stretching your budget and your staff, and boosting your TTO’s deal flow. Our panelists will discuss:
- How to navigate your high-dollar budget line items using:
- How to impact your local and regional start-up community and the economic development goals with a smaller budget and fewer staff
- Small office strategies for building strong TTO/faculty relationships
- Ecosystem development in smaller markets
- Strategies for filling the funding gap in flyover regions
- How a variety of approaches to commercialization benefit smaller ecosystems:
- Traditional licensing
- Entrepreneurial focus
- Engaging corporations in smaller regions
- Tactical and strategic methods for success with limited resources
- Lessons learned and forecast for the future
PLUS: Follow along with the original post-program Q&A!
Meet Your Presenters:
Rodney Ridley Sr., PhD
Executive Director, Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Ridley leads the Center and envisions it having the same relative economic impact on the greater Wilkes-Barre area as larger institutions have on their host cities. His vision focuses on three main areas: education, business development, and community resource. Prior to his appointment at the Kirby Center, Ridley served as director of Wilkes’ Division of Engineering and Physics. Under his tenure, enrollment in engineering programs grew by 50% and freshmen applications to the programs grew 100%. He also was responsible for expanding the engineering program’s Industrial Advisory Board, establishing significant new corporate partnerships and infusing the engineering experience with exposure to business and entrepreneurial practices. The holder of 27 patents, Ridley earned a doctorate in engineering science and mechanics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lincoln University.
Assistant Vice President for Research
Technology Transfer & Corporate Relations
University of Southern Mississippi
Chase Kasper is the Assistant Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer & Corporate Relations at the University of Southern Mississippi. He directs the Office of Technology Development and has been involved with technology licensing, intellectual property management, and technology transfer in a university setting for over 12 years. He has also overseen programs and projects related to incubators, start-ups, entrepreneurship, and compliance.
Prior to working in academia, Kasper has spent over 13 years in the private sector. He has been involved with successfully managing multi-million dollar product lines, product planning and execution, assessing alliance/partnership opportunities, designing corporate identity guidelines, developing international pricing structures, launching new products, and assessing customer requirements and meeting customer satisfaction goals.
Mr. Kasper is currently serves in the Cabinet of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and has been a member of AUTM for over 11 years. He has presented on a wide variety of topics related to university technology transfer including technology transfer operations, technology assessment, economic development, and intellectual property.
Mr. Kasper received his B.B.A and M.B.A. from Mississippi State University and has been active in several professional organizations including Association of University Technology Managers, the Licensing Executives Society, the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership and the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.