Technology Transfer and Sponsored Research Offices may have different responsibilities, but the end goal is the same: to bring university-based innovations from the lab to the marketplace. Too often, however, the two offices operate in separate silos, or even worse in a somewhat adversarial relationship characterized by friction and mistrust. The result is missed opportunities for both offices to build deeper and more substantial industry relationships. In some cases, potential industry partners have cited a lack of integration and duplication of effort as deciding factors in opting against signing a deal.
A growing number of forward-thinking universities have recognized the problem, taking concrete and significant steps to bring the two offices into synch and build a collaborative, business-building relationship that provides critical benefits for both TTOs and SROs.
The University of Iowa is a perfect case in point. They’ve successfully brought these two groups of professionals together, improved their relationship, reduced friction, and created a more seamless experience for industry partners. By building a supportive atmosphere between the TTO and SRO, they’re building better corporate relationships as well, leading to deeper and more significant engagement. That’s why we’ve asked them to share their experience and strategies with you in this one-hour distance learning program:
Strengthening Relationships and Collaboration between Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer Offices
Please join Freda M. Stelzer, JD, Jessica L. Boyle, JD and Jane Garrity, PhD when they discuss:
How TTOs and SROs can work more collaboratively and effectively together:
- Working closely between offices to manage IP
- Sharing contacts and establishing inter-office meetings around corporate engagement opportunities
- Proactively identifying legal issues and ensuring the rights of the university and faculty are protected
- Collaborating to facilitate technology development and commercialization along the university-industry partnership continuum
- Establishing relationships with centralized university offices
- Working closely with a single voice to facilitate industry funding and deal flow
- Offering a wider range of options for industry involvement in research
- Keeping your SRO or TTO counterparts in the loop for new opportunities
- Managing relationships with industry partners for long-term success
- And much more!
PLUS! Follow along with the recorded Q&A portion of the program
Your Program Leaders:
Freda M. Stelzer, JD, Non-Monetary Agreements Manager, University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF). In addition to her oversight of Material Transfer Agreements, Freda is also responsible for drafting and negotiating Confidentiality and Inter-Institutional Agreements. In addition, she provides review and analysis of University of Iowa’s Division of Sponsored Programs related to intellectual property terms contained in non-monetary agreements and sub-awards received from external parties. Freda’s past experience in contract management and negotiation includes work as a technology transfer associate at a not-for-profit research institute.
Jessica L. Boyle, JD, Contracts Administrator, Division of Sponsored Programs, The University of Iowa. Jessica reviews, drafts and negotiates selected proposals, funding contracts, non-monetary agreements and sub-awards related to externally funded research. Prior to joining the University of Iowa’s Division of Sponsored Programs, Jessica worked as a Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Congressman David Loebsack and an attorney in private law practice specializing in management-side labor and employment law and civil litigation.
Jane Garrity, PhD, Associate Director of Licensing, University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF). Jane manages the UIRF licensing team and develops policies, strategies, and initiatives to help University of Iowa inventors effectively partner with the private sector to commercialize their innovations. Prior to joining the UIRF, Jane worked in technology transfer at the University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships and at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer affiliate of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.