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Open Innovation Best Practices for University Tech Transfer

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Originally presented: April 19, 2013
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“Open innovation” is quite possibly the most overused yet misunderstood term in technology transfer today. At its core, however, the new model really comes down to is this: “innovating with partners by sharing risk and sharing reward.”

And while universities are notorious — and rightfully so — for being tight-fisted with their IP and taking a “push-out” approach to working with industry in commercialization of research, that notion is changing. Partnerships are on the rise like never before, and corporations have been making concerted efforts to reach out to university tech transfer offices and establish open innovation collaborations, typically with sharing of IP, staff, resources, and ultimately the rewards in terms of commercial products and revenues.

Many universities remain wary of these partnerships, but in today’s changing innovation marketplace you ignore or shy away from this growing trend at your own peril. So how does your university engender and capitalize on open innovation partnerships? You can start by joining Technology Transfer Tactics Distance Learning Division and our team of open innovation experts for this exclusive one-hour program:

Open Innovation Best Practices
for University Tech Transfer

Please join Charles Johnson-Bey, PhD, Corporate Open Innovation Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Laura Schoppe, president of tech transfer consulting firm Fuentek LLC, and Kevin Wozniak, Executive Director of Office of Industry Engagement at Georgia Institute of Technology for this unique distance learning program that will:

  • Define open innovation from:
    • the corporate perspective
    • the university perspective
    • the government agency perspective
  • Clarify the multiple models of open innovation, including:
    • Collaboration
    • R&D partnerships
    • Alternative sponsored research agreements
  • Hear from Lockheed Martin’s top open innovation executive:
    • Best practices for implementation of open innovation
    • What challenges industry faces when approaching academia
    • How academia can overcome these challenges
    • How universities can be successful in open innovation
  • Identify the risks associated with open innovation agreements

Plus, participate in the live Q&A portion of the program

Your Team of Expert Presenters:

Charles Johnson-Bey, PhD, Corporate Open Innovation Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation. Dr. Johnson-Bey has over 21 years of engineering R&D experience that has spanned technologies in the commercial and defense industries, small business, and academia. He is currently the Open Innovation Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering and Technology and is responsible for identifying and implementing means to leverage innovative ideas and expertise at organizations outside the corporation to achieve Lockheed’s strategic objectives. He has worked for Motorola Corporate Research Labs, Corning Incorporated Science & Technology Division, and was an Electrical Engineering professor at Morgan State University.

Laura Schoppe, President, Fuentek LLC. In her 18 years of experience in IP management, Laura Schoppe has established an impressive track record of success in helping corporate, government, and university clients manage their technology proactively, efficiently, and effectively. She has helped clients move their technologies into new markets as well as find sources for technology solutions to address their own R&D needs. Laura has experience in all aspects of IP management, but she is uniquely qualified to provide effective and experienced negotiation and licensing support and strategy consulting to innovating organizations. She has developed and delivered technology commercialization training programs nationally and internationally. She also has successfully managed many technology marketing projects. Since founding Fuentek in 2001, Laura has managed IP and technology management activities for dozens of clients. Most notably, Fuentek has served as the strategic and technology transfer consultant for NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program with Laura as the principal investigator for the $30M, 5-year contract. Laura served as the 2011–13 vice president of strategic alliances for AUTM.

Kevin Wozniak, Executive Director, Office of Industry Engagement at Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Wozniak heads the Office of Industry Engagement – a group responsible for the Georgia Tech’s Industry Collaborations, International Contracts and Innovation Commercialization. His responsibilities include the establishment of meaningful collaborations with industry through the negotiation of sponsored research agreements, technology licenses, and other various agreements with companies throughout the world. Mr. Wozniak has worked full-time in university technology transfer field since 1999, helping to turn promising scientific ideas into useful products and companies. Prior to entering a career in academia, he worked as a manufacturing engineer in the automotive industry designing assembly systems for new vehicles. He is a member of and serves in board positions for the Association of University Technology Managers as well as the Council of Government Relations.

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